Lack of compliance with ISACS in DRC contributes to proliferation of weapons to illegal armed groups - UNMAS

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"Inadequate weapons and ammunition security remains a pressing concern both at national level and within the broader international community. Few national security institution storage facilities [in the DRC] comply with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). Notably, the Congolese National Police (PNC) does not presently have the capacity to safely manage and store weapons. Without an alternative solution, weapons are stored either in DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) facilities or, more commonly, in private residences. This lack of weapons regulation and control not only impacts upon the ability of the PNC to fulfil its role as national police, but also contributes to the proliferation of weapons to illegal armed groups in the region. The intention to hold national elections in the DRC in 2016 may see an increase in civil unrest, and further underlines the urgency to address weapons and ammunition security issues.”

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