Kosovo Police destroys over 1315 weapons with UNDP’s support

10 Oct 2013

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Presentation of the Event

With the support of UNDP’s Kosovo Small Arms Control Initiative (KOSSAC) and the generous contribution of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kosovo Police destroyed over 1315 weapons in the Metal Factory “Foundry” in Janjevë/o, on 10 October 2013.

Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Bajram Rexhepi, highlighted that the destruction of weapons is a result of the successful implementation of Kosovo’s Strategy and National Action Plan on Control and Collection of Small and Light Weapons. Minister Rexhepi also reiterated the commitment of the government to further face the challenges that small arms and light weapons represent in Kosovo and thanked the German Government and UNDP for proving continuous support to these activities.

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Dr. Peter Blomeyer, positively assessed the initiative and emphasized that this project contributes to healing the wounds caused to society by the war.

UNDP’s representative, Mr. Chris Decker, said that the event was a significant result of the five year support that UNDP has been providing to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kosovo Police in the field of small arms and light weapons control. “UNDP remains committed to further assist Kosovo stakeholders in the fight against armed violence”, said Mr. Decker.

Mr. Naim Rexha, Deputy Director of the Kosovo Police, said that Kosovo’s police is dedicated to increase public safety by confiscating weapons which are illegally found in the possession of citizens. “The weapons which are being destroyed are those which have been confiscated by the Kosovo Police during the investigation of various types of crime”, he said.

The public destruction event was implemented in accordance with the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).