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Cambodia. 1999 ‘Outlaw, Collect and Destroy Small Arms.’ Report on the Activities of the Royal Government of Cambodia for the First Semester of 1999. Phnom Penh: Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia. 1 June

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The RGC has issued Sub-Decree No. 38 of 30 April 1999 amending Sub-Decree No 62 of 31 July 1995 on the management and control of weapons.

Government institutions at all levels were required to implement the sub-decree and the public is encouraged to surrender their firearms to the authorities.

As a result, the national police in collaboration with the military police confiscated 8,134 firearms including 8,112 rifles, 22 pistols, 326 mines, 213 grenades and 65 pieces of PTA powder.

Voluntary surrenders in provinces accounted for 2,421 firearms including 2,397 rifles, 24 pistols, 65 grenades, 3 mines and 20 kg of PTA powder.

In Phnom Penh, voluntary surrenders accounted for 4,611 firearms including 4,451 rifles and 160 pistols. Voluntary surrenders from government officials, police and armed forces personnel accounted for 3,836 firearms (2,593 rifles and 1,243 pistols).

Two ceremonies were held to destroy these weapons as a symbolic gesture to show national and international opinions Cambodia's desire for peace, stability and social order.

The first ceremony took place in Phnom Penh on 5 May 1999 with the destruction of 3,399 firearms and the second in Kompong Cham province on 2 June 1999 with the destruction of nearly 4,000 firearms.

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