OSCE and UNDP Work on Strengthening Co-operation in Supporting Arms and Ammunition Stockpile Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina

27 Jan 2014

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Delegations of the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation and the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina met in Vienna on the invitation of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre for a 3 day long negotiations and planning workshop to further synergize the efforts of the two organizations.

With closer cooperation in implementation of the SECUP and EXPLODE Projects, OSCE and UNDP, respectively, will offer stronger support to the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the process of weapons and ammunition stockpile management. The OSCE and UNDP together will also provide broader assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementation of the Small Arms and Light Weapons Strategy (2013-2016).

“Our aim is to mitigate the risks associated with ammunition stockpile management in Bosnia and Herzegovina by support for storage site infrastructure improvements and operational activities at the facilities,” Dieter Schneider, OSCE Security Co-operation Officer said. “I am happy that through this team work we will avoid overlaps in our work and optimize results. We have defined a way forward for our co-operation, to ensure the most efficient use of the allocated funds, and have aligned our safety and security contributions to Bosnia and Herzegovina.”  

“The many years of arms control experience of UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina will further bolster the endeavors of the country’s authorities in controlling its military stockpiles and illicit weapons circulating within Bosnia and Herzegovina. UNDP stands committed to providing continuous support to implementation of the SALW Strategy and stringent arms control measures in BiH”, said Amela Ćosović Medić, Justice and Security Sector Leader of UNDP.

The work of the delegations concluded with an agreed cooperation mechanism and joint work and implementation plan to be presented to the Minister of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the upcoming meeting of the Strategic Committee for Weapons, Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance planned for February 2014, which he chairs.