Kosovo: Illicit Arms still a Serious Problem
Posted: 21 Jul 2009 08:31 PM PDT
July 21 (Balkan Insight) - Civilian possession of illicit weapons remains a serious problem in Kosovo and the region, Saferworld said in a press conference in Pristina on Tuesday.
According to a new Saferworld report, around 350,000 illicit small arms and light weapons remain in private possession in households across the country. Kosovo is currently estimated to have a population of around 2 million people.
Saferworld Director Henry Smith told the press that the report, which is the fifth in a series exploring the prospects for the collection of small arms and light weapons in Kosovo, emphasised that there is “increased attention by ministries and governments on the issue, which is excellent news”.