Saturday, 21 April 2012
Ukraine, NATO To Continue Scrapping Ammo Under Partnership For Peace Program
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine and NATO will continue cooperation in scrapping ammunition under the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund project. A relevant framework agreement was signed between the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) in Kiev on Tuesday, Interfax-Ukraine learned at the Defense Ministry's press service. According to the agreement, 76,000 tons of ammunition, 366,000 units of light weapons and small arms and three million antipersonnel mines are to be destroyed during the second stage of the implementation of the Partnership for Peace program. The project's estimated cost is EUR 25 million ($33 million). Its implementation will take some three to four years. Under the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund project to destroy surplus weapons and ammunition in Ukraine, 133,000 tonnes of ammunition and 1.5 million units of light weapons and small arms are to be scrapped in Ukraine, in four stages within twelve years. In 2006-2011, some 400,000 units of small arms and 15,000 tonnes of ammunition were destroyed during the first stage of the project's implementation.