KFOR and UNDP held a Small Arms and Light Weapon control conference
PRISTINA, Kosovo – KFOR and UNDP held on March 1st, a
conference about small arms and light weapon control. The event was aimed to raise
awareness on the danger to civil society from illegal possession of weapons, that is
still a critical issue even years after the conflict.
As stated by KFOR Commander, Major General Giovanni Fungo, "these weapons
pose an everyday threat to common citizens".
Kosovo adopted the Law on Weapons and its related Administrative instructions in
2009 and 2010. The Strategy on Weapon Control and Collecting is a significant step
towards the effective solution of this sensitive issue. "Weapons control strategies
cannot be successful without the support of all peoples in Kosovo" General FUNGO
stated, stressing the importance of a wide spread awareness.
South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the control of SALW
(SEESAC) representatives presented the activities conducted in Albania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia. With reference to Kosovo, the Firearms and
Explosive Risk Minimization project brought to a reduction of 30% of illegal weapons
This event is part of a wider KFOR initiative aiming to increase awareness and build
stronger relations with the International Organizations serving in Kosovo and security
providers in the Region.