Illegal Arms Trade Experts in Air France Crash

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Amid the media frenzy and speculation over the disappearance of Air France flight 447, the loss of two of the world’s most prominent figures in the war on the illegal arms trade has been virtually overlooked. Pablo Dreyfus, who was traveling with is wife aboard the flight from Rio de Janerio to Paris, had worked with the Brazilian authorities for years to stop the flow of weapons and ammunition that have fueled drug wars in Rio. Also traveling with Dreyfus was his friend and colleague Ronald Dreyer, a Swiss diplomat and coordinator of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence. Dreyfus and Dreyer were on their way to Geneva to present the latest edition of the Small Arms Survey handbook, of which Dreyfus was a joint editor. It was to have been an important step in their relentless fight towards a less profitably violent future.

Title: Key Figures in global battle against illegal arms trade lost in Air France crash

Author: Andrew McLeod,

Source: Sunday Herald (Scotland Independent0, June 7, 2009

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