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Hvidemose, Dorte, Astrit Istrefi, Mia Marzouk and Maija Paasiaro. 2009 ‘Weapons Collection Initiatives in South Eastern Europe.’ Ready or Not? Exploring the Prospects for Collecting Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons in Kosovo; Table 1, pp. 4-5. London: Saferworld. 1 July

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Weapons Collection Initiatives in South Eastern Europe Referenced in this Section

Number of weapons collected: Total number of weapons collected 1997–2005 was 201,365. The estimated number of weapons looted in 1997 was 524,226. Illicit weapons holdings prior to 1997 are unknown. It is therefore impossible to estimate what percentage of total illicit weapons the collected weapons represent. Due to the success of the Gramsh project, WED was applied in other Albanian regions and then became a much used approach in other countries.

Geographic focus: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year: 1998– 2006
Number of weapons collected: From 2003–2006, the Operation yielded about 15,151 SALW. The estimated number in circulation is around 500,000. Over time, a decreasing numbers of weapons were handed in.

Geographic focus: Croatia
Year: 1992–2002
Number of weapons collected: From 1992–2002, 61,011 SALW were seized by the Government, and 14,439 by UNTAES. In 2006, the estimated number of illicit SALW was 597,000.

Geographic focus and years: Kosovo (May 2001) and Kosovo (2002–2003)
Number of weapons collected: In 2001, about 665 SALW were collected and in 2003, 155 weapons were collected. The estimated number of illicit weapons in circulation in Kosovo is 317,000.

Geographic focus: Macedonia
Year: 2003–2004
Number of weapons collected: 7,571 SALW collected. Between 100,000 and 450,000 illicit SALW in circulation (estimate).

Geographic focus: Serbia
Year: 2003
Number of weapons collected: 2,046 weapons were confiscated and 47,853 weapons voluntarily handed in or registered in 2003. A 2005 estimate put the number of illicit weapons in Serbia at 900,000.

[SALW = Small arms and light weapons, UNTAES = United Nations Transitional Authority in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium, WED = Weapons in Exchange for Development]

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