NATO/Partnership for Peace Project to Destroy
Surplus Weapons and Ammunition in Ukraine
(NATO) A NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) Trust
Fund project has been established to help Ukraine destroy stockpiles
of surplus munitions, small arms and light weapons, and Man-Portable
Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). The project – the largest
single demilitarisation effort in the world – is a practical demonstration
of NATO’s continuing commitment to support Ukraine’s
Fund project responds to Ukraine’s request for assistance
in eliminating 133,000 tonnes of munitions and 1,5 million small
arms and light weapons. Much of this material is stored in the
open, posing a major security threat to local civilian population
and infrastructure. Safe destruction of these stocks also eliminates
potential proliferation risk.
Fund project will be executed in four phases, over 12 years. The
voluntary contributions to the Trust Fund, estimated to be in
excess of EUR 25 million will be used to purchase new equipment
and improve Ukraine’s demilitarisation capabilities. Ukraine
will contribute in-kind to the demilitarisation costs.
States has agreed to act as Lead Nation for the first phase of
the project. The initial phase is estimated to cost EUR 7 million
over three years. This is the first time the US has taken on the
role of lead nation of a NATO/PfP Trust Fund project. In addition
to the US , the United Kingdom and Norway have pledged funding
for this project.
The PfP Trust
Fund policy was established in September 2000, five projects have
been completed to date. This is the second PfP Trust Fund project
to be executed in Ukraine. The first project in 2002-2003 destroyed
400,000 Anti-personnel landmines (APLs). In total, Trust Fund
projects have destroyed more than 2 million APLs in Albania, Moldova,
Tajikistan and Ukraine.