SEESAC and OSCE Verify the Disposal of Napalm Powder in Sweden
On 26 September 2013, the SEESAC and OSCE teams visited the SAKAB waste disposal facility, located in Kumla, Sweden, where they verified the napalm powder destruction process. This marked the beginning of the last in a series of steps, leading towards the removal of the entire napalm powder surplus from the storages of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia (MOD RS) and its safe disposal.
The disposal of napalm is an activity conducted under the Capacity Development Programme for Conventional Ammunition Stockpile Management for the Republic of Serbia (CASM).
The SEESAC and OSCE representatives were present at SAKAB in order to ensure that the 387 bags of napalm powder, which left the MOD RS storages in July, have indeed arrived to the facility and that the destruction process aligns with the agreed conditions.
At SAKAB, napalm is burned according to the highest ecological standards and it will be disposed of in its entirety by the end of 2013.
CASM is a joint development programme of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Serbia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), implemented by SEESAC.
It was initiated at the request of the MOD RS and its aim is to improve capacity for conventional ammunition stockpile management by enhancing security and safety of conventional ammunition storage facilities, disposing of surplus ammunitions and strengthening demilitarization capacities of the MOD RS.