PfP Trust Fund to Destroy 133,000 Tons of Munitions and 1.5 Million Small Arms and Light Weapons in Ukraine
Kyiv, 29 November 2002: A NATO team of experts met in Kyiv this week to develop a NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project for the safe destruction of 133,000 tons of munitions and 1.5 million small arms and light weapons in Ukraine. The first phase of this initiative will be to develop a feasibility study and will be led by Greece. Greece will also be providing funds to train an Ukrainian officer to work at the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) based in Luxembourg.
Representatives from NATO HQ and technical experts from the NAMSA also met with representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Industrial Policy to discuss details of the feasibility study. In addition, NATO and Ukrainian experts visited together the sites in Kharviv and Rozshky.
Work in this first phase will include identification of Ukrainian contractors capable of developing and undertaking technical procedures necessary to demilitarise a range of munitions in a safe and cost effectively manner within a strict budget. Companies with the necessary expertise and experience can find out more about how to do business with NAMSA by visiting the NAMSA web site at www.namsa.nato.int.
This is the second NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project in Ukraine. The first project to destroy 400,000 antipersonnel landmines was officially launched in Donesk, 10 July 2002. Both initiatives are a practical demonstration of Partnership for Peace and NATO support for defence reform. The project to destroy munitions and small arms and light weapons is an initiative of the governments of Greece and Ukraine, with funding provided by Greece, Turkey and Germany.
For more information, please contact:
Susan Pond, NATO HQs: + 32 2 707 3560
Michel Duray, NATO Information and Documentation Center in Kyiv, Ukraine: + 380 44 286 8616/ 8618
Fax: +32 (0)2 707 50 41
+32 (0)2 707 50 57B-1110 Brussels/Bruxelles