Terrorists can Still Fire Anti-Aircraft Missiles
(RIA NOVOSTI) – Terrorists can still use MANPADS (Man-Portable
Air-Defense System) complexes all over the world, Boris Mylnikov,
director of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) anti-terrorist
center, told reporters here today.
stems from the results of the March 2004 Vienna session involving
the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
and the UN Security Council’s counter-terrorist committee. Boris
Mylnikov also attended that session.
The UN estimates
that such MANPADS complexes have been used more than 40 times
by terrorists since their appearance, killing about 600 people.
to Mr. Mylnikov, the conference suggested marking all portable
anti-aircraft missile complexes the way explosives are marked;
this measure, as well as tough export control, will help prevent
their use by terrorists. Moreover, everything must be done in
order to ensure safe MANPADS storage.
suggested destroying all redundant MANPADS complexes in various
countries as soon as possible, Boris Mylnikov said. About Euro
10 million have already been set aside for scrapping weapons,
portable anti-aircraft missiles included.
A NATO delegation
intends to visit Kazakhstan in May 2004 at the latter’s request,
helping that country to get rid of extra munitions, including
MANPADS complexes, Mr. Mylnikov said in conclusion.