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Macedonia. 2010 ‘Stockpile Management and Security.’ National Report of Macedonia 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); Section 5, p. 11. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations. 4 March

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Stockpile Management and Security

Ministry of Defence: When deciding on stockpile locations of explosives, weapons and ammunition, following elements are taken into consideration: distance from the motorways, populated areas, industrial objects, railway stations, lakes, dams, airports, as well as the quantity of explosives that is to be stored.

The regulation covering the stockpile security issues are prescribed in the Regulation on storage and handling of ammunition and in the Technical manual on theft prevention of weapons and ammunition from the storing facilities. In order to obtain complete protection, physical and technical protection is prescribed (in the army with the army guard patrols with trained dogs) and appropriate fire protection and explosive protection measures are in place, with additional protection measures on the working site and intervention plans in a case of emergency.

The doors of the storage facilities are protected with a metal grid and sealed accordingly, with an appropriate outdoor lighting system, guard service, additional protection fences and alarm system, which is not obligatory. Once the alarm system is in place it is checked regularly. The storage site is observed from the Observation posts. There is no centralised system of monitoring in place.

The weapons, parts of weapons and ammunition are stored separately. In the cases of reported losses or thefts, the law enforcement agencies are informed as well as the superior in command according to the chain of command in the Armed Forces. Authorised personnel have access to the site in possession of a personal security clearance, and are capable and qualified in handling stockpiles. They are subject to regular training on related procedures, regulations and practices.

All the records are kept for unlimited period of time, and are subject to daily or periodical inspection. In case of emergency, a contingency plan is activated and this procedure is trained periodically. Rules on inspection to verify that storage fulfill the requirements prescribed by the internal regulations of
the Ministry of Defence and the Law on Defence. Protection of the transport route is made according to the Law on Transportation of Dangerous Materials and is executed by armed escorts. Weapons and ammunition are stored separately.

The same regulations apply, mutatis mutandis, on the police.

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