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Solomon Islands. 2003 ‘Collection and Destruction of SALW.’ National Report of the Solomon Islands on its Implementation of the United Nations Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 20. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Solomon Islands to the United Nations. 15 June

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Collection and Destruction of SALW

At the time of an MEF-orchestrated coup on 5 June, 2000, over 1,000 weapons were stolen from police armories in Honiara by the MEF. In the first nine months following the October TPA, the IPMT collected a total of 1,131 weapons - nearly three-quarters of which were homemade - which were then stored in eight sealed and padlocked storage containers. A cross-referencing of pre- and post-coup armory inventories conducted by the IPMT in July 2001 determined that 496 high-powered police firearms remained in circulation. (4)…

The most recent amnesty period expired on May 31, 2002. Two weeks after the deadline, IPMT containers held 2,043 weapons. New audits revised the July 2001 estimates of missing weapons upward by 125, to 621. Therefore, the latest surrenders, 77 guns given to police and another 45 turned over by police in early June 2002, left 499 high-powered weapons unaccounted for, though that number could be higher. (6)

The IPMT dumped hundreds of homemade guns into the sea on June 17, 2002, and all weapons held are scheduled for destruction. At the time of this report, the number of additional weapons collected and destroyed by more recent RSIP efforts is unknown.

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4), 6): Alpers & Twyford (2003), pp. 94, 97

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