Libya: Government of Germany funds destruction of small arms and ammunition

The German Government is providing EUR 750,000 for specialist Libyan and international teams to locate, secure and destroy small arms and ammunition arsenals. Guy Lamb, Head of the Arms Management Programme at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, said, “The recent financial support offered by donor governments, such as Germany and the US, to improving arms management in Libya should be commended. The civil war has contributed to poor controls over numerous government stockpiles of small arms (including MANPADS), conventional arms and chemical weapons. These arms, if left uncontrolled, could be stolen by insurgent and terrorist groups, who in turn could use them to further destabilise Libya, North Africa, as well as the Middle East”.