EU funds destruction of anti-personnel landmines in Belarus

In December last year, the Spanish company EXPAL Systems was awarded an EU-funded contract dedicated to the destruction of Belarus' stockpiles of approximately 3 400 000 anti-personnel landmines (PFM-1 series) after a competitive tender. The contract's budget of 3 900 000 € is entirely financed by the European Union.

By acceding to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (also known as "Ottawa Treaty") in September 2003, Belarus committed itself to destroy its stockpile of anti-personnel mines within four years. It is in the interest of the European Union that the country fulfils its obligation.

In the framework of this project, EXPAL Systems will be responsible for:

The provision and establishment of a destruction facility at an ammunition base near Rechitsa in southeast Belarus, which is fully in line with NATO standard AASTP-1;
The provision of monitoring equipment enabling the project team to supervise and report on the destruction process in real time;
The complete destruction of the stockpiled PFM-1 and PFM-1 S series munitions;
The environmentally friendly treatment of liquid and gaseous waste developing during the destruction.
The construction of the destruction site started on 20 October 2011. All activities are scheduled to finish in May 2013 and will be entirely carried out in Belarus.

About EXPAL Systems:

EXPAL Systems develops, manufactures and integrates systems and services for the defence and security sectors. Its activities include the disposal and recovering of obsolete, excess or banned ammunition and explosives.

EXPAL is the defence division of the MAXAM group. MAXAM has more than 6000 professionals worldwide and production centres in over 40 countries.

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