There were 19 hotspots spread throughout Albania. Not only do they endanger lives of the local population, they also hinder development of the areas and present potential security threat due to easy access of explosives for potential nefarious actors.
NPA removed more than 34291 UXO, 114483 SAA, 3049 SALW, 293 AP and 7 AT in seven hotspots throughout Albania since November 2014 – December 2018
UEMS are consequence of poor ammunition management, and a reminder, that it is much safer and cheaper to invest in PSSM work than it is to clean the aftermath.
Albania has previously been contaminated with landmines and cluster munition remnants on the border with Kosovo and is State Party to MBT and CCM. Albania declared clearance of all known mined areas in October 2009 and all known areas contaminated with cluster munition remnants in November 2009. It was one of the first significantly contaminated countries to have done so.