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OAS Signs Agreement to Support the Control of Arms and Ammunition in Guatemala

  August 7, 2012

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala today signed an Agreement on Cooperation and Technical Assistance for the Control and Destruction of Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other related materials seized or found in surplus in the Central American country.

The agreement was signed by the Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, Ambassador Adam Blackwell, and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Ambassador Rita Claverie Díaz de Sciolli, and shows the support of the OAS for national efforts to ensure the security of stockpiles of this kind.

As part of the approach of the Mission of Support for Security in Central America, the OAS and the national government establish a framework of assistance in response to the need for effective controls on arms stockpiles, to prevent their entry into the black market and their use in activities such as drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime.

Since 2010, the Program of Assistance for Control of Arms and Munitions (PACAM) of the OAS has supported the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense in the removal and destruction of surplus and obsolete weapons and ammunition. During 2010, the Ministry of Defense, with support from the PACAM program, removed nearly 400 tons of ammunition in poor condition and removed all the ammunition of the Air Force from its stores in La Aurora International Airport to safe installations far from population centers.

Today's agreement expands the scope of the PACAM program to support the broader needs of government to contribute to public safety. PACAM channels international resources, mainly from the United States State Department and the Agency for International Cooperation of Spain, mobilizes personnel highly trained in handling explosives, and uses mobile equipment for the safe and economic destruction of a large quantity of arms and ammunition in Central America.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-276/12