Mr Roman Turšič
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In the course of the Libyan revolution in 2011 the Gaddafi regime lost control over large parts of its conventional weapons arsenal. As a result, weapons storage sites were accessible to opposition fighters, civilians and soldiers alike.
Since the end of the fighting, central control over the weapons arsenal has not been re-established and the spread and trafficking of arms continues to lead to conflicts and affects the security situation not only in Libya but also in neighboring regions. In addition, conventional weapons found their way into civilian homes, leading to widespread private possession of conventional weapons within the Libyan society. Moreover, ERW contaminate areas around weapons and ammunition storage areas, farmland and public spaces.
What we do
The purpose of ITF activities, supported by U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA), is to enhance the Libyan Mine Action Centre’s (Lib MAC) capability to be able to stand as an effective agent for conventional weapon destruction (CWD). Furthermore, the Lib MAC should be in a position to expand its capabilities and infrastructure to include national-level coordination and regulation of humanitarian mine and other ERW clearance activities if it is decided so by relevant Libyan authorities. ITF has officially started with the capacity-building project in Libya in January 2014, although some activities were implemented already in the second half of December 2013.
It has to be emphasized that the ITF personnel faced serious security threats that lead to the adoption of certain security precaution measures. In this regard, the ITF logistics technical advisor was forced to leave Libya at the end of July 2014; consequently nearly all logistical activities were conducted from a distance through meetings with ITF Administration assistant in Istanbul and Tunis. Despite various travel problems that have been encountered (flight cancellation, flight delays, roadblocks etc.) ITF managed to fulfill all necessary obligations towards Lib MAC employees for 2014.