Photo exhibition at NATO HQ showcases demilitarization project in Ukraine
11 January 2013
On December 10, 2012, the NATO International Staff, the NATO Support Agency and the Ukrainian and United States Missions to NATO opened the "Working for a safer world together" photo exhibition devoted to the largest demilitarization project under international assistance in the world.
In 2002, the Government of Ukraine requested NATO assistance in destroying 133,000 tonnes of conventional ammunition and 1.5 million Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). A 12-year, 4-phase plan was proposed to address the requirement using the NATO Trust Fund framework.
In April 2005, the United States as the lead nation tasked NAMSA (now NSPA) to implement phase 1 of the plan, to include destruction of Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS).
In April 2012, following success of the first phase, implementation of a second phase started. Phase 2 objectives include:
- destruction of 366,000 Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)
- demilitarization of 76,000 tonnes of conventional ammunition (CA)
- assistance to Ukraine in destroying 3 million PFM-1 anti-personnel landmines (APL) in order to meet her Ottawa Treaty obligations.
The photo exhibition, held over one week in the NATO Press Area, aimed to show the advancement and the results of the project.
Among those participating in the exhibition opening ceremony were the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Mr James Appathurai, the Head of the Ukrainian Mission to NATO, Ambassador Ihor Dolhov, the Deputy Chief of the United States Mission to NATO, Mr Joseph Manso, and the NSPA Programme Manager in charge of the project, Mr Bülent Tüdes.