The government of Honduras began this week a cycle of destruction of firearms with support from the Organization of American States (OAS), with the aim of preventing and eradicating the illicit trade in these arms.
During the process, implemented in collaboration with the Program of Assistance for the Control of Arms and Munitions (PACAM) of the OAS, 3,000 guns of various types and sizes will be destroyed- according to methods supported by international standards- and 15 members of the Armed Forces will be trained.
The technical and logistical support and the OAS certification is carried out based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the hemispheric Organization and the government of Honduras in January 2012 on the cooperation and assistance for arms control and the destruction of ammunition. Under this Memorandum, the OAS has supported Honduras in the destruction and certification of 660,877 rounds of ammunition of various calibers with a weight exceeding 46 metric tons.
The destruction of arms is carried out with the financial support of the United States, through the "Merida Initiative," which focuses its efforts on combating organized crime and associated violence in this region of the Hemisphere.
The Honduran authorities have as their long term objective the destruction of more than 250 tons of obsolete munitions.
The OAS, through PACAM, has supported member states to respond to the need for effective controls on ammunition, firearms, explosives and other related materials. From 2007 to date, it has destroyed more than 33,000 firearms and nearly 1,700 tons of ammunition. The PACAM channels resources, mobilizes highly trained teams and certifies destruction operations.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.