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26 January 1999

Inter Press Service News Agency / CNN

The United Nations is launching its first full-scale project to disarm a country's civilian population. A pilot project is to be implemented in the district of Gramsh in Albania where the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) plans to spend about $500,000 on encouraging villagers to surrender their weapons. It will later be expanded to cover the whole of Albania. The UNDP expects roughly 10,000 weapons — mostly assault rifles and pistols — to be handed over in the first... (

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