UN Finances Destruction of Weapon Surpluses in Bulgaria

Politics | February 21, 2003, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

A new project aimed at destruction of weapon surpluses in Bulgaria is geared by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). On Friday, the UNDP Resident Representative in Bulgaria, Marta Ruedas, and the country's Deputy Defence Minister signed an agreement to realise the fresh project called "Assistance to the Government of Bulgaria for the destruction of identified surpluses of weapons and ammunitions."

The move is consistent with the ongoing military reform in Bulgaria, and, in particular, with the organization of the military infrastructure. The total value of the project will amount to USD 132,000. South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) in Belgrade and Small Arms & Demobilization Unit (SADU) in Geneva will field specialists to offer expertise in the deconstruction process, which will be done by local contractors.

Under the project, UNDP will provide financial and technical assistance so that an initial surplus of weapons and light weapon ammunition can be destroyed. These weapons are new and have a clear market value. By destroying them the project will indirectly support Bulgaria's efforts in preventing illicit arms trade and small arms and light weapons proliferation in the region.
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