New ammunition depot dedicated in the Congo

A new ammunition depot constructed in the Congo was dedicated to the country's Ministry of Defense in a ceremony attended by U.N. and government officials of the Congo on Oct. 10.

The new facility consists of six separate buildings near Kisangani, the capital of Province Oriental. Ammunition stored there will be supplied to military installations based in the province.

The project was funded by the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo (also referred to as MONUSCO). The mission was founded in an effort to help stabilize the Congo by providing humanitarian aid, protection of its civilians and consolidated peace efforts.

The U.N. Mine Action Service worked with the Congo's Ministry of Defense to oversee the planning, building and financing of the facility. The ammunition depot was designed to meet international safety standards to ensure safe and efficient storage of ammunition so that it is not mistakenly detonated or destroyed by weather conditions.

UNMAS officials are also working with government officials in the Congo to determine if similar ammunition depots could be beneficial in other regions of the country.

The dedication ceremony was attended by a number of government officials from the Congo, including Minister of Defense Alexandre Luba Ntambo, who presided over the dedication. Also in attendance were a number of U.N. officials.