First Round of Illegally Possessed Arms Destroyed
More than 1,500 pieces of small arms and light weapons collected countrywide within the “Choose Life without Weapons” campaign were destroyed today in Banja Luka. Illegally possessed weapons represent a significant problem for the safety of all citizens and for this reason Ministries of Interior Affairs have launched the campaign in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme, ICRC and OSCE Mission to BiH, with the financial support of the Government of the United Kingdom.
“Together with our colleagues from Federal Police and Brčko District Police we are destroying weapons that were collected. We will continue this activity and I want to use the opportunity and invite all citizens to join the action and submit weapons they illegally possess, since this will improve safety of all people”, said Radislav Jovičić, the RS Minister of Interior.
The campaign is fully aligned with the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). The Amnesty Laws were adopted by Parliaments of the RS, FBiH and Brčko District to support the campaign. Such approach made possible that the small arms collection campaign is conducted simultaneously throughout the country.
“This campaign is the best example of how cooperation makes good results possible, especially since all of us are aiming to improve overall security of citizens," said Goran Vukmir, Head of the UNDP Regional Office in Banja Luka.
The support UNDP provides in campaign’s implementation, reduction of illegally possessed weapons and the strengthening of institutional capacities of Small Arms and Light Weapons Coordination Committee and SALW Strategy for BiH (2013 - 2016) are of particular importance.
“Choose Life without Weapons” campaign is financed by the Government of the United Kingdom and implemented by the RS Ministry of Interior, Federal Ministry of Interior, Brčko District Police and cantonal ministries of interior. The campaign is implemented with the support of UNDP in cooperation with ICRC and OSCE Mission to BiH and will last until December 31, 2014.