U.N. supports small arms management in Argentina

A newly refurbished small arms armory in Argentina's Federal Police was unveiled as part of the Regional Disarmament Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean's plan for safer weapon stockpiles.

UNLIREC is a department of the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs and is located in Lima, Peru. It specializes in disarmament of weapons and in non-proliferation in the Latin American and Caribbean region. UNLIREC also puts into action the decisions, instruments and commitments of the member states of the U.N. in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.

The improvements on the Federal Police armory were carried out under the guidelines of the technical recommendations made by UNLIREC in 2012. These guidelines came after a collaborative baseline assessment of 11 federal facilities was made and a national plan for improved management was taken into consideration.

The armory follows international standards set up by the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines.

Along with the inauguration ceremony, 6,710 surplus weapons were destroyed. This process was monitored by UNLIREC to help supplement the government's national voluntary disarmament campaign, which was has succeeded in removing over 145,000 small arms and more than one million rounds of ammunition.