Moldova: more than 2,000 arms removed from civil circulation with EU and UNDP support
November 26, 2021

Moldova: more than 2,000 arms removed from civil circulation with EU and UNDP support


On 25 November, a total of 2,119 arms, 50,000 cartridges and 142 accessories and components were destroyed by smelting in Chișinău, with support of the European Union and UNDP.

The arms had been gathered during the past two years by the General Police Inspectorate, and included arms which didn’t meet essential safety requirements,  were damaged, unfit for use, with unauthorised structural changes, illegally held, abandoned, confiscated, or surrendered voluntarily for disposal. The budget of €12,800 for the smelting of the arms was provided by the European Union.

“We are aware that the phenomenon of illicit arms trafficking, at regional and global levels, is constantly growing. The Republic of Moldova is firmly committed to ensuring the efficient management of small arms and light weapons. Therefore, today’s exercise contributes to reducing the threat of their proliferation, so as every citizen feels safer,” said Alexandru Bejan, Deputy Head of the General Police Inspectorate.

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2021_11_25 - UNDP ARME 64


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