About 600 tons of National Army's ammunitions, manufactured in 1960-1980, will be processed within a programme on reducing the blast risk at depots with ammunitions. The programme is implemented by the Defence Ministry in concert with a non-governmental organization, Norwegian People's Aid.
The deputy chief of the National Army's Headquarters for resources supply, colonel Andrei Sarban has said that, after the processing of the ammunitions stocked at military depots, the risk of an uncontrolled explosion will be reduced, and the level of security of the preservation place will be enhanced. "Therefore, the zone where the ammunitions are preserved becomes safer for the civilian residents from nearby, as well as for the military staff involved in different activities. All the military staff involved in this process was trained according to the international norms, and the ways used by the servicemen at the processing speeds up the ammunitions' checking and record," Sarban said.
A manager at the Ammunitions and Armament Department of the "Norwegian People's Aid," Lee Moroney, appreciated the contribution of the OSCE and other European bodies to the involvement in projects of this kind. "We hope that we will further enjoy international support to destroy the ammunitions from the National Army's depots. The Defence Ministry makes huge efforts, so that the process of reducing the blast risk continues, in line with the international standards," Lee Moroney noted.
Within the first project, implemented on 7 May - 15 June, about 90 tons of expired ammunitions were processed and approximately 12 tons of ammunitions, set as being in imminent danger of explosion, were destroyed.
In May 2012, the Moldovan Defence Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with the NGO "Norwegian People's Aid." The document sees the carrying out of a programme on reducing the blast risk at the National Army s depots with ammunitions.Moldpres