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Disposal of engineering ammunition surpluses in Kyrgyz Republic

20.10.2014

On October 14, 2014 ITF has initiated disposal of unusable and hazardous for storage engineering ammunition surpluses in the Kyrgyz Republic. The activity is being implemented within the framework of Protocol on Cooperation signed between ITF and Ministry of Defence of the Kyrgyz Republic on July 25, 2013.

Before the activities were initiated ITF has supported procurement of basic protective and operational equipment needed. During first days, technological line for dismantling engineering ammunition was developed, together with standard operating procedures and monitoring system. In continuation, all operators were trained in conducting individual disposal tasks – from theoretical lectures to practical work.

On October 16, 2014 disposal activities were initiated on military polygon in Osh, where altogether approximately 3.000 engineering ammunition items are anticipated to be disposed until 27 October 2014, using predominantly reverse engineering / dismantling method. Complete activities are closely monitored and led by ITF and international expert from Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia in close cooperation with senior officers from Kyrgyz Armed Forces.

The activity is co-funded by U.S Department of State Weapons Removal and Abatement and Republic of Korea through ITF within OSCE regional initiative to support confidence and security building measures among Central Asia States.