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A Fragile Peace: Guns and Security in Post-conflict Macedonia. Small Arms Survey, Special Report 4

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Release date: 2004-03

This study provides an assessment of small arms availability, distribution, circulation, impact and control in the Republic of Macedonia. Since the close of the crisis in the fall of 2001, the country has continued to struggle with tensions between ethnic Albanians and Macedonians, a depressed economy, and increased levels of crime. It is also believed that large numbers of illegal weapons remain within its borders; many of these derived from the 2001 conflict as well as other regional wars, such as those in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. Precise numbers and types of weapons that exist and circulate in Macedonia are not known, however; neither are the specifics of their origin, dissemination, circulation, availability, or impact on society.
This report seeks to offer an analysis of these and related issues by providing a snapshot of the problem of small arms and light weapons in Macedonia. Officially termed a Small Arms Baseline Assessment, this report was originally undertaken by the Small Arms Survey (SAS) and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Additional tasking and funding was later provided by the South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of small arms and light weapons (SEESAC).