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August 30, 2011

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...that in September 2010, approximately 400 tons of grenades and 250 kg of air bombs and artillery were destroyed in Guatemala and approximately 400 tons of obsolete ammunition and surplus explosives in Nicaragua? The Stockpile Management and Destruction activities, executed by the OAS Department of Public Security (DPS) within the context of the CIFTA Convention, aim to strengthen the capacity of six Central American countries in management of their stockpiles and in destruction of arms and ammunition that are obsolete and/or in poor condition. The project was specifically designed to avoid major accidents in urban areas and to prevent these weapons from being used for other purposes.

Destruction of obsolete weapons and ammunition in Guatemala

Paragraph 75, Fifth Summit of the Americas: “…We will continue to combat the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives and other related materials by, among other actions, marking and tracing firearms, destroying excess stocks of firearms designated by each State, securing and managing stockpiles and regulating firearms brokering, including sanctions for illicit arms brokering for the purpose of avoiding their diversion through illicit channels and their proliferation.”

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