Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Hirst, Chrissie, Bernardo Mariani and Adrian Wilkinson. 2004 ‘SALW Transfers.’ South Eastern Europe Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) Monitor, 2004, p. 116. Belgrade: South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons / SEESAC and Saferworld. 16 March
[SALW = Small arms and light weapons]
According to Government statements, illicit trafficking in SALW is 'a particular concern for the Republic of Macedonia and the broader region. It jeopardises its stability and security, but also that of Europe as a whole'.
'One of the most grievous forms of crime' in the country, government sources state that the illegal arms trade is increasing rapidly, as indicated by the increased number of criminal acts discovered and increased quantities of SALW seized by the authorities.
Macedonia's position, 'at the crossroad of the so-called Balkan route', presents a key challenge to law enforcement. The Director of the Organised Crime and Firearms Trafficking Unit within the MoI, notes that, 'weapons are migratory in the region consisting of Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Southern Serbia. They are regularly being relocated and moving from one place to another in the region according to demand.
'The weapons follow exactly the political unrest in the region and unfortunately at the moment they are still in Macedonia awaiting a new conflict here or in another place in the region'.
Other government officials believe that movements of illegal arms into Macedonia have lessened in recent months, due to a lack of demand from an already saturated market, although small amounts of weapons continue to be moved in and out of the country.
[MoI = Ministry of the Interior]