The 20-month pilot weapons reduction program covering five communes in Bakan district,
Pursat, concluded on December 3. People from five communes handed in for destruction
around 2,500 illegal weapons and 4,200 explosives to the authorities. In return they
benefited from construction projects for schools, bridges and roads. The program,
which brought together the weapons reductions programs of Japan and EU-ASAC, also
trained and equipped local police.