NPA has been active in Peru since in 2012, when we were requested by the governments of Chile and Peru to support with demining activities in Quebrada de Escritos, a landmine contaminated border territory disputed by both countries. The two countries needed a neutral third party to perform clearance of the area, consequently allowing for a conclusion to the long-standing territorial dispute.
Experienced deminers and Mine Detection Dogs from NPA successfully cleared 333 Anti-Personnel and Anti-Tank mines from an area covering almost 70 000 m2 from October to December 2012. In January 2014, the International Court of Justice finally settled the dispute, awarding Peru a triangle of the Pacific Ocean territory- an area covering thousands of square miles, rich in fish and other natural resources. NPA's work thus contributed to a conclusion of the dispute and facilitated for the final verdict.
NPA has also conducted research and development for disassembly and disposal procedures for a variety of munitions, from simple bomblets to medium-range surface to air missiles.
Since 2014, NPA has been in Peru supporting the country on other weapon destruction projects. NPA currently has one project in the country:
Cluster Munition Destruction:
Norway and Germany have funded activities in the ongoing Cluster Munition project which assists Peru with obligations to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). Peru is not contaminated by cluster munition, but has an obligation under the CCM to destroy all stockpiled Cluster Munitions within 1 April 2024.
The CCM compliance project is a cooperative effort between the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Peruvian Ministry of Defense and the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) and NPA to destroy all cluster munitions stockpiled by the Republic of Peru. NPA has been supporting Peru with these efforts since 2014.
The Cluster Munition Stockpile Destruction project’s objective is the safe and environmentally sound disposal of all cluster bombs and related explosive sub-munitions and to support Peru to meet its obligations under Article 3 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and complete their destruction of all stockpiled cluster munitions within their deadline 1 April 2024.