The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, launched this Sunday a disarmament plan with which to encourage the voluntary surrender of firearms.

The president reported that the initiative has a budget of about US$47.6 million and begins with the installation of 60 disarmament centers.

«It is necessary to go to disarmament to crown the peace process. It is necessary that this disarmament be done with the collaboration of the youth,» said the president.

«The weapons of the Republic must be kept by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and the national police,» he added.

A year ago, Maduro himself had announced his intention to arm millions of workers to, as he said then, defend the Bolivarian revolution.

According to the United Nations, Venezuela has a homicide rate of 53 per 100,000 inhabitants, a figure that is only surpassed by Honduras.