oa Focus on Arms in Africa - Small arms control measures : implementation updates



According to South African President Thabo Mbeki, since 1995 more than 1,000 tons of small arms, landmines and other unexploded devices have been destroyed in Mozambique as part of the joint South African-Mozambican weapons destruction programme "Operation Rachel". During 2002 two operations took place. The first up to May 2002 in which 2,246 small arms and light weapons and 1,200,000 rounds of ammunition were destroyed. The latest operation took place in October/November 2002 destroyed, among other items, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar bombs, grenade launchers and 4.5 million rounds of ammunition.


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