Press Advisory


OAS Donates Firearms Marking Equipment to El Salvador

  March 30, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS) will donate firearms marking equipment to the Government of El Salvador to be used by the Ministry of National Defense with the objective of improving controls against the illicit trafficking of this type of weapon.

The event will take place at 9:30 local time (15:30 GMT) tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30, at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense in San Salvador. The ceremony will be attended by the country’s Minister of Defense, Division General David Munguía Payez; the Vice Minister of Defense, General José Atilio Benítez Parada; and the Representative of the OAS in El Salvador, Ronald Ochaeta.

The donation is made as a part of the project called “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean,” framed within the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), and seeks to strengthen national capabilities in the area of firearms making.

WHAT: OAS to donate firearms marking equipment to El Salvador

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 9:30 local time (15:30 GMT)

WHERE: Ministry of National Defense, Carretera a Sta Tecla, Km 5,5, San Salvador

Reference: AVI-063/11