Arms Management and Destruction in Mali
As part of the 'Regional assistance to Arms Management and Destruction in Sahel-West Africa,' MAG is working with the Malian Defence and Security Forces (MDSF) to destroy weapons at a permanent facility located just outside Bamako. MAG is providing both technical expertise and circular saws, which will be used to cut identified weapons. MDSF identified eight of their personnel to attend a five-day weapons cutting training course organised by MAG, which took place on 3 and 7-10 October 2014. MAG regularly liaises with the national authorities to identify further unserviceable weapons for destruction from several storage locations in Mali.
The 'Arms Management and Destruction Programme for Sahel-West Africa' is a regional project co-funded by the US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and the German Federal Foreign Office. MAG is working with states in the Sahel and West Africa to identify areas for assistance and improve management of nationally held weapons and ammunition, with the aim of reducing the risk of diversion of items to the illicit market as well as the risk of unplanned explosions in munitions depots. The project aims to contribute to security in the region by equipping states in the Sahel and West Africa with the infrastructure and training to tackle the challenge of conventional arms proliferation in the long term.
Djadranka Gillesen, MAG Regional Representative
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