Additional 2.537 pieces of small arms and light weapons destroyed

Dec 19, 2012

Destruction of weapons in the Varaždin steel mill / Photo by: Inia Herenčić

Additional 2.537 pieces of small arms and light weapons packed in a total of 69 boxes were destroyed in the steel mill of Varaždin Metal industry on Friday, 19 December 2012. Destruction takes place in the framework of arms control programme SEESAC (South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons) funded by the EU.

The programme intends, among other activities, to improve community safety by collecting and destroying illegal and surplus small arms and light weapons in Croatia. Activities in Croatia are jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Croatian Ministry of Interior, in cooperation and financial support by the SEESAC programme and European Union.

On 11 March 2010 the Council of the European Union adopted decision 2010/179/CFSP on continuing to support the arms control programme SEESAC in the Western Balkans, within the framework of the EU Strategy to combat the illicit accumulation and trafficking in small arms and light weapons and their ammunition.

With the public destruction of weapons held exactly two months ago in the same steel mill Croatia has reached the agreed project target of 30,000 pieces of destroyed weapons, and with today's destruction of additional 2537 pieces of small arms and light weapons a total of 32.537 weapons have been destroyed in the last two years of implementation of this project in Croatia.