||Last Updated: Feb 6, 2017 - 2:32:04 PM
COSTA RICA -
Ministry of Public Security of Costa Rica ended the second phase of the
Destruction of Obsolete and Dilapidated Munitions program with a
celebratory ceremony today in San José, in which an act was signed
declaring that the operations were conducted in conformity with
The program was executed by members of
the Public Security Forces of Costa Rica with training, technical,
logistical, financial, and certification assistance from the Arms
Control and Munitions Destruction program of the Organization of
American States (OAS). During the second phase 301,386 munitions of
various types and calibers were destroyed, among them more than 9,000
tear gas devices, in 107 blasts and five open-air incinerations.
OAS program has supported the efforts of Costa Rica in this matter
since March of 2011, when an agreement on Cooperation and Technical
Assistance was signed by the Ministry of Public Safety of Costa Rica and
the General Secretariat of the OAS. Since then, the OAS has supported
the destruction of more than 900,000 munitions of various types and
caliber, as well as the destruction of weapons both dilapidated and/or
confiscated to organized crime.
The OAS is assisting in the
destruction of more than 1,600 tons of obsolete ammunitions in Costa
Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua, with plans to start new projects in
Honduras and El Salvador in the near future.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.
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