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International Experts Discuss the Management of Small Arms, Light Weapons and Conventional Ammunition

CHISINAU, February 15, 2018 — The National Army has undertaken a series of measures aiming to consolidate safety and security at ammunition storages throughout the Republic of Moldova, such as the installation of security systems at National Army ammunition depots, the modernization of the Weapons and ammunition center, the equipment of the laboratory of ammunition chemical testing, and the training of personnel. These actions allowed us to ensure an adequate protection for both the military staff and the civilian population by reducing the risks at weapons and ammunition depots.

The statement was made by Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza during the 2nd Conference on Small Arms, Light Weapons and Conventional Ammunition held today at the Ministry of Defense.

According to Minister Sturza, these actions were conducted with the support of the Governments of Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Canada, the international organizations — OSCE Mission, South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of the Small Arms and Light Weapons, United Nations Development Programme, European Union, International Committee of the Red Cross, “Golden West” Humanitarian Foundation, “Norwegian People’s Aid” non-governmental organization. “The safety and security objectives can be achieved only by working together, through multilateral and multinational cooperation, by involving international experts, and raising awareness regarding the risks and dangers of the weapons and ammunition management”, said the Minister of Defense.

LTC Alexandru Arapan from the Logistics Directorate mentioned that, during the conference, there were presented the actions undertaken by the National Army in order to increase the safety and security level at ammunition storages and identified the requirements for continuing the actions conducted by the institution that aimed to reduce the risk of uncontrolled explosions at ammunition depots.

The event was attended by representatives of central public authorities, diplomatic missions in our country, international organizations, such as OSCE Mission, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Union (EU), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ITF Enhancing Human Security and military attaches.

The Conference on Small Arms, Light Weapons and Conventional Ammunition was organized with the support of OSCE Mission in the Republic of Moldova.

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