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Berman, Eric G and Louisa N. Lombard. 2008 ‘Internationally Assisted Initiatives - MISAB and MINURCA Programmes.’ The Central African Republic and Small Arms: A Regional Tinderbox, pp. 86-90. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 December

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Internationally Assisted Initiatives - MISAB and MINURCA Programmes

In 1997 the CAR government initiated a concerted arms collection programme with international assistance. As part of the agreement concluded between the government and the army mutineers in January 1997, MISAB was to undertake a major arms recovery effort. A small financial incentive was offered to individuals to entice them into relinquishing their weapons with no questions asked. Inducements ranged between USD 13 for a pistol, sub-machine gun, or rifle and USD 123 for a 120 mm mortar system, assuming that the weapons were in good condition. Smaller sums were offered for matériel handed over in a mediocre or poor state.

As further encouragement to participate in disarmament, those who failed to turn in their weapons within a stipulated (short) amount of time were to be pursued through the courts. MISAB's last report to the UN Security Council stated that 1,373 small arms and nearly 118 light weapons were recovered.

MISAB also stated that it had collected 464,604 munitions rounds and 26,714 explosives and detonators. It is likely that the final numbers were somewhat higher, given that MISAB continued to patrol Bangui for an additional five weeks before MINURCA replaced it.

[CAR = Central African Republic; MINURCA = United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic; MISAB = Inter-African Mission to Monitor the Implementation of the Bangui Agreements (Mission interafricaine de surveillance des accords de Bangui)]

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