MAG CWMD global update Sep 2008
MAG is currently undertaking CWMD projects in Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Somalia and Sudan. Also MAG is providing CWMD technical support to the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
MAG DRC launched a nationwide SALW programme in September 2006 and received written authorisation from the Ministry of Defence in May 2007 to destroy surplus military stocks in all Military Regions. Also in May 2007, a destruction centre was established by MAG at the Central Logistics Base in Kinshasa.
MAG's first CWMD team, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, deployed at the end of September 2008 to Lodja in the northern part of Kasai Oriental, 5th Military Region. The team worked on logistics issues and started reviewing the technical Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the CWMD program. The second mobile CWMD team, funded by the United States Department of State, deployed at the end of the month from Lubumbashi to Kamina, 6th Military Region, to carry out the destruction of 80 tons of ammunition. Weapons destruction at the Central Logistics Base in Kinshasa also continued in September, with a total of 1,100 weapons destroyed over the course of the month.
MAG is working to reduce the CW threat in Burundi through weapons and ammunition destruction and through ensuring safe storage of weapons and ammunition currently stored at the Military Logistics Base in Bujumbura, in cooperation with the Burundian Army (FDN). MAG has also established a mobile SALW destruction team in partnership with the Burundian Police (PNB)
In September 2008 MAG continued to carry out weapons destruction in cooperation with the Burundian Army. The work to improve the security of the Military Logistic Base (where the weapons destruction activities take place) also progressed well during September and is scheduled to be completed during the first week of October. The mobile SALW destruction team visited all 15 police stations in the province of Bujumbura Mairie to collect weapons and ammunition. Besides the team also visited 10 other police stations managed directly by the DG-PNB (Police Head Quarters). The weapons and ammunition gathered at the police stations have not been destroyed yet. The Burundian police and MAG are still waiting for a formal agreement with the Burundian Army to use the destruction workshop at the Military Logistics Base in Bujumbura for this purpose.