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Taylor, Zachary, Charlotte Phillips and Srdjan Bogosavljevic. 2005 ‘Destruction (SALW and Ammunition).’ Living with the Legacy: SALW Survey of the Republic of Serbia; Section 7.6.1 (Table 17), pp. 65-66. London: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Saferworld. 1 March

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Destruction (SALW and Ammunition)

The state's capacity for arms destruction appears to be good and its record demonstrates this. According to MoD statistics, since 1991 more than 100,000 weapons, over two million rounds of ammunition and around 1,200 Man Portable Air Defence systems (MANPADs) have been destroyed at state-controlled facilities in Cacak, Uzice and Smederevo.

Since 2001 international donors such as the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), SEESAC and the Dutch and US Embassies have financed the following destructions:

Controlled destruction of SALW and ammunition between 2001–2004:

Implementer: SCG MoD
Description: Firearms
Quantity: 52,000
Date: 2001
Location: Cacak
Sponsor: US Dept. of State

Implementer: SCG MoD
Description: Firearms and military spec equipment
Quantity: 27,723
Date: 2003
Location: Cacak
Sponsor: NAMSA

Implementer: Serbia MUP
Description: SALW Ammunition
Quantity: 0.8t
Date: 2003
Location: Uzice
Sponsor: SEESAC

Implementer: Serbia MUP
Description: Amnesty collected firearms
Quantity: 7,335
Date: 2003
Location: Smederevo
Sponsor: SEESAC

Implementer: Serbia MOI
Description: Confiscated firearms
Quantity: 3,859
Date: 2003
Location: Smederevo
Sponsor: SEESAC

Implementer: Serbia MOI
Description: Amnesty collected firearms
Quantity: 10,000
Date: 2004
Location: Smederevo
Sponsor: US Dept. of State

Despite impressive figures of SALW destruction, the pace of destruction slowed in 2004 and 2005…

There remain 20,000 firearms and explosives (principally grenades and landmines) awaiting destruction as a result - according to the MFA - of a shortfall in resources. Interviews with key informants suggest that funds and technical assistance is available if requested.

Source: SEESAC Database, www.seesac.org

[SALW = Small arms and light weapons; MOD = Ministry of Defense; MFA = Ministry of Foreign Affairs; MUP = Ministry of the Interior; SEESAC = South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons]

ID: Q3756

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