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SEESAC. 2005 ‘Small Arms Problem.’ South Eastern Europe Small Arms and Light Weapons Monitor, 2005, p. 87. Belgrade: South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons / SEESAC and Saferworld. 1 January

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Small Arms Problem

According to the 2004 National SALW Survey of Macedonia, there are estimated to be between 380,000 - 750,000 SALW present in the country, of which 100,000 to 450,000 are illegal and about 156,000 are legally registered with the Ministry of the Interior (MoI).

The presence of large amounts of SALW is demonstrated by continued police seizures.

Although the MoI has not released exact figures for the amount of SALW stockpiled for use by uniformed police, police reservists and Special Forces, it is estimated that between 23,000 and 36,000 pieces are available.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has declared that its stockpiles contain a total of 85,446 SALW.

In addition to reservists, it is estimated that significant numbers of SALW are in the hands of paramilitary forces such as the National Liberation Army (NLA), the splinter group Albanian National Army (ANA), private security services, organised criminals and civilians.

[SALW = Small arms and light weapons]

ID: Q4020

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