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Developing a Mechanism to prevent Illicit Brokering in Small Arms – Scope and Implications

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One of the consequences of the more global, differentiated and diverse arms trade is the increasing reliance of arms buyers and sellers on specialized services from persons or companies that act as intermediaries, or “middlemen”, to arrange arms transactions. Put simply, arms brokers are intermediaries who negotiate commercial and
logistical arrangements to meet the requirements of buyers, sellers and other relevant actors, such as officials, financiers and transport agents, in order to facilitate the transfer of weapons and munitions in return for a commission or other material reward, gain or consideration.

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