UNMISS to destroy over 800 IDPs’ ammunitions, 140 firearms in Malakal


United Nations Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS Spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed a plan to destroy over 800 ammunitions and 140 firearms collected from Internally Displaced Persons or IDPs in its protection site in Malakal in late December.

Joseph Contreras estimated that Malakal has the largest quantities of IDPs’ weapons the Mission confiscated, followed by Bentiu, Juba and Bor.

He disclosed that 25 firearms were collected from IDPs in Juba since mid December 2013 incident and that all including non-firearms were destroyed on Tuesday.

Mr Contreras identified the weapons as pistols, AK47 rifles and over 500 non-firearms including spears, machetes, knives and iron bars.

He explained that UNMISS initial plan was handover the weapons to local authorities after conflict resolution, but later on a consultative decision was taken to destroy them to avoid grasp and misuse for human rights’ abuses in the country.

Mr Contreras added that the Mission still wonders when South Sudan conflict would be settled and fears such instruments of death could be misused for more catastrophes.

No government representative witnessed the weapons’ destruction event, but the UNMISS Spokesperson maintains that the action is done with its consent. – See more at: http://catholicradionetwork.org/?q=node/16326#sthash.WBMkmZy3.dpuf

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