The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) is not currently operating any programs in Libya. However, has conducted stockpile management and destruction in Libya as part of its previous operations in the country. This will have contributed to the ability of militants in Libya to gain access to this weaponry and to use it in the creation of IEDs.
In 2012, FSD was able to dispose of 300 tonnes of ordnance and stockpiled ammunition in Libya.[i] As part of their work they also conducted training and mentoring of security personnel on stockpile management issues. Though further operations were meant to be undertaken by FSD, these do not appear to have taken place. It is likely this is because of the ongoing conflict and general instability in the country currently.
[i] Small Arms Survey, ‘Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD)’, http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/tools/uems0/actors/actors-by-type/ngos-and-private-companies/fsd.html
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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