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The OAS Strengthens Marking Capacity and Verifies Process of Destruction of Firearms in El Salvador

  November 22, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS) held a training workshop this week in El Salvador on the use of firearms marking equipment and maintenance of data that was donated as part of the project "Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean."

The objective of the training, organized by the Program of Assistance for the Control of Arms and Munitions (PACAM) for eleven specialists from the Ministry of Defense of El Salvador, was to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA). In the framework of the workshop the "Project of OAS Standards on Firearms: Marking and Information Maintenance" was also presented.

Additionally, the OAS, through its PACAM program, is assisting in the verification of 1,722 seized conventional firearms, which will be destroyed on December 5. Such verification is being carried out by members of the Armed Forces of El Salvador through the Department of Seizures and Control of the National Defense Ministry, with the participation of staff of the Attorney General’s office of the Republic of El Salvador.

The OAS provides technical, administrative, logistics and certification efforts in El Salvador in the area of arms and ammunition control and assists states in Central America in such processes. As of today, the OAS has certified the destruction of more than 18,000 weapons of various types and sizes. For 2014, countries in the region have requested support from the Organization for the destruction of more than 80,000 firearms and more than 250 tons of ammunition to eliminate risks associated with the high availability of those materials.

Through these and other initiatives, the OAS seeks to promote the efforts to strengthen the capacity of member states to respond quickly and efficiently to the increasing levels of crime and violence caused by illicit trafficking in firearms. This project is funded by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement of the United States Department of State.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-454/13