Based on funding from the US Department of State (PM/WRA), Norwegian People's Aid are conducting Arms Management and Destruction (AMD) operations in Peru. In May, the team destroyed a total of 41 tons of obsolete munition at a Peruvian Air Force Base in Pisco, taking the country one step closed to destroy all obsolete weapons.
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) has been active in Peru since 2012. As of June 2022, NPA is running an Arms Management and Destruction (AMD) project in the country – funded by the US Department of State (PM/WRA). NPA is supporting the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) in disposal of obsolete, unserviceable or at-risk stockpiled ordnances, especially ordnances and weapons considered attractive to criminal organizations, or ammunition which could put at risk civilians living in the vicinity of ammunition storage areas. Additional components of the project include physical security & stockpile management and explosive management capacity-building for the FAP. NPA Peru have disposed a total of 298.3 Tons of obsolete and surplus ammunition since the beginning of this project in November 2017 up to date.
In May, NPA Peru together with the FAP have disposed 41 Tons of Obsolete Munition at Pisco FAP Base in the frame of the WRA Project. Going forward, NPA Peru are planning to dispose additional 142 Tons of Obsolete and Cluster Munitions in a combined operation at Arequipa FAP Base.
NPA Peru would like to thank the WRA for their support in funding AMD projects in Peru. These projects are highly important to ensure the safety of civilians by securing ammunition storage areas and remove and destroy obsolete weapons. ¨
For 2023-2024 the plan for NPA’s operations in Peru is to support the FAP in finalizing the disposal of the 497 cluster munitions with more than 62,000 submunitions left in their stockpiles in Pisco and Chiclayo, thus enabling the Republic of Peru to meet its obligations under Article 3 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and complete their destructions of all stockpiled cluster munitions within their deadline 1 April 2024.