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UK. 2007 ‘Annex on Examples of UK SALW Destruction Activities.’ National Report of the United Kingdom on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 37. New York, NY: Counter Proliferation Department / Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 31 March

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Annex on Examples of UK SALW Destruction Activities.

Since 2006 when we last reported, the UK has continued to provide assistance with the destruction of SALW and SALW ammunition (the focus being on the former) in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Balkans region. We have continued our support for stockpile management, destruction and record-keeping in an OSCE-led project in Belarus. We also saw the conclusion of the second phase of a NATO-led destruction project in Albania, to which the UK contributed funding, during which 5,505.23 tonnes of ammunition were destroyed. UK funding provided in 2005 continued to be utilised throughout 2006 and 2007 to facilitate the destruction of over 38,000 SALW in Ukraine and the installation of an Explosive Waste Incinerator for destruction of SALW ammunition, again as part of a NATO project.

In 2006-7, in partnership with Sweden, we provided funding for the destruction of 12,000 weapons and 50 tons of associated ammunition in Kosovo. This project also included capacity-building with he KPS, training staff in safe and verifiable weapons destruction techniques. The UK is keen to focus its funding on destruction projects like this where local capacity building leaves a lasting impact in terms of skills and facilitate a continuation of destruction and better stockpile management, beyond the lifespan of UK support.

In 2007-2008 we provided over £150,000 towards equipment (including vehicles and an explosive waste incinerator) to support a weapons and ammunition collection and destruction in Guinea-Bissau, led by a UK-based NGO training and working in conjunction with a local NGO. A wide variety of SALW and SALW ammunition has been destroyed with the help of UK-funded equipment, including 6 MANPADS. In s similar vein, we have provided funding towards equipment for an ammunition destruction project in Montenegro, working with the UK's regional experts to enable us to fund this larger UNDP project which also covered heavy ammunition.

The above are amongst a number of projects which the UK has funded, and will continue to do so, to control and destroy small arms. We aim to ensure that, increasingly, future projects are carried out firmly in the context of broader security sector reform programmes.

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