Opening Panel: Generation Prague Conference 2012
The Generation Prague Conference 2012 panel was composed of Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas M. Countryman, and Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Andrew Shapiro, and was moderated by Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Mike Hammer.
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Mike Hammer:
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“Take for example what happened in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. This March, a massive explosion at the munitions depot resulted in at least 280 deaths and injured over 2,000 people. It also forced tens of thousands of families from their homes. Unexploded ordnance was thrown as far as three kilometers from the blast epicenter, creating lingering hazards to emergency responders and complicating the recovery efforts. In response, we immediately deployed a team of civilian technical experts to assist in the recovery. This team helped dispose of nearly 20,000 items of damaged and unstable munitions, helping some families return home and safely rebuild.”