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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘Poor Stockpile Security.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, pp. 14-15. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June
Poor Stockpile Security
Several sources asserted that the security of state-held small arms and ammunition left much to be desired. It seems to be common practice for the general staff to sell or give away arms and ammunition. This usually involves 'downgraded' arms;1 that is, arms deemed unsuitable for use but offered to civilians instead of being destroyed.
The decision to 'downgrade' seems to be relatively arbitrary and is at the sole discretion of the general staff. … The relative ease with which arms and ammunition are misappropriated shows that the state exercises inadequate control over the security of its stockpiles.
Misappropriated weapons also feed the illegal arms trade.