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The UNTAES Experience: Weapons Buy-back in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (Croatia)

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Release date: 1998-09

BICC brief 12 “The UNTAES Experience: Weapons Buy-back in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (Croatia)” analyses the weapons buyback program by the United Nations Transitional Administration in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES) started in 1996 and financed by the Croatian government.
Overall, the weapons buy-back program was a highly successful operation. It certainly did not remove all the weapons from civilian hands, but every weapon and every round of ammunition recovered reduced the numbers at large and steadily contributed, together with the otheraspects of UNTAES work, to moving the region from the tension of war towards s return of stability.