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Moldova. 2003 ‘National Report - Smuggling.’ National Report of Moldova on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 6. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Moldova to the United Nations. 1 January
National Report - Smuggling
Of great concern remains the problem of the proliferation of weapons that, through some third countries, have reached other conflict zones, supporting terrorist and criminal groups, as well as secessionist movements.
More recent operative data suggests that the SALW (Small Arms and Light Weapons) produced in the transdnestrian region ended up in Abkhazia, Georgia and were used in the recent active combat in Chechnya, Russian Federation.
The separatist authorities are interested in the perpetuation of illegal trade with weapons as this serve as a source of continuous funding for them. As a result SALW reach criminal groups or are "re-exported".
According to the existing data, the majority of the crimes committed in Moldova with the use of the firearms were perpetrated with unregistered weapons.