RASR Initiative Issue Brief No. 1
With the decline in tensions in South-east
Europe, and with the transition to NATO weaponry, many states are left
with stockpiles of surplus small arms and ammunition.
Recognizing the need to manage these
stockpiles, countries in the region have sought to participate in collaborative
programmes with other states. The United States has supported a Regional
Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative to assist nine countries
in South-east Europe to better manage their stockpiles, including through
destruction where appropriate.