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Faltas, Sami, Glenn McDonald and Camilla Waszink. 2001 ‘Weapons Collection in Cambodia.’ Removing Small Arms From Society: A Review of Weapons Collection and Destruction Programmes; Occasional Paper No. 2, p. 21. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 July

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Weapons Collection in Cambodia

There have been several problems with the programmes. First, only a fraction of the collected weapons has been destroyed, leading to the diversion and recirculation of many of the others. At the same time, supplies of new weapons have not been closed off. Military-style weapons can still be purchased in the Phnom Penh black market and through informal networks.

A more fundamental limitation of the government collection programmes is the present inability of the Cambodian security forces (police, gendarmerie, and army) to ensure internal security and uphold the rule of law. Undisciplined weapons use against civilians and poor management of existing stockpiles are among the manifestations of this broader problem.

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