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Congo-Brazzaville: Japan's Grant to Help Disarm Former Combatants

IRIN (UN News)

28 February 2007

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BRAZZAVILLE — The Japanese government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement whereby Tokyo will provide a US$2 million grant to help the Republic of Congo's gun retrieval agency carry out its mandate.

Some of the money will also support efforts to reintegrate former militiamen into society.

"PCAD [the Project for the Collection of Weapons, known by its French acronym], which lies within the scope of the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme for the ex-combatants, aims to contribute to the strengthening of the peace process, national reconstruction as well as the social and economic reconstruction of the Republic of Congo," said Hiromi Okamoto, Japanese ambassador to the Congo, at the signing ceremony on Tuesday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.

"By signing this convention on financing with Japan, UNDP will begin to carry out activities aimed at improving the security situation among the population through the voluntary return of weapons, the promotion of economic activities and the strengthening of national capacity in the fight against the proliferation of light weapons and small arms," Aurélien Agbenonci, UNDP's resident representative in the Congo, said…

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