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Croatia. 2008 ‘National Report Pursuant to Resolution 62/47 of the General Assembly.’ National Report of Croatia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations. 1 March

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National Report Pursuant to Resolution 62/47 of the General Assembly

The Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia organised the biggest destruction of surpluses of small arms and light weapons in the possession of the Armed Forces. The action to destroy 25,000 pieces of various arms/weapons began on 21 January 2008 at the Overhaul Facility of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia in Zagreb, and to date, 7,538 various pistols, rifles, machine guns, mortars and recoilless canons have been destroyed…

Two destruction techniques were used: gas or angle cutting, and bending i.e. pressing in a hydraulic press. Prior to destruction, every weapon was examined by a special commission to control whether the serial number of the weapon concurred with the records. Thereupon, the weapons were disassembled to separate metal parts from wooden or plastic ones.

The weapons were cut in precisely required places, depending on their type and size. Rifles, machine guns and heavy machine guns were destroyed by cutting their slides and locks, and by cutting their barrels in three. Pistols were destroyed by cutting in three across their barrels and slides.

ID: Q3521

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