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Roberts, Rebecca. 2008 ‘Cambodia - Surplus Destruction After War and Genocide.’ Contemporary Security Policy; 29 (1), p. 120. Arlington, VA: Routledge / Taylor & Francis. 1 April
Of the 207,999 firearms destroyed, it may be impossible to determine which were originally military weapons or former combatant firearms recovered from civilian owners.
Although civilian ownership is illegal, there is no evidence of systematic seizure from civilian owners.
Only civilian guns recovered through normal criminal arrests and investigations were available for destruction. In the words of David de Beer, who presided over the final stages of the destruction process for the European Union, 'We know there are a lot of civilian guns out there, but we had no way to collect them. Our assumption was that many would be useless in a few years without maintenance. We're relying on the Cambodian climate to finish the job.'