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Livni: Iran arms trading 'one of the main problems' in Mideast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent and The Associated Press   
Thursday, 26 February 2009


Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni hosted her Cypriot counterpart, Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou, in Jerusalem on Wednesday for talks which centered on the Iranian arms-laden ship which was destined for Syria and was detained by authorities in cyprus.

Livni told Kyprianou that Iran should be aware that the weapons it seeks to deliver to Syria, Lebanon, and Hamas will be seized.

"Smuggling of weapons that are sent by Iran represent one of the main problems of the region," Livni said.

Earlier this month, Cypriot authorities have started unloading an Iranian ship detained off its coast for allegedly attempting to smuggle weapons to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Cyprus has accused Iran of breaching a United Nations ban on its arms exports. A government statement said Friday the cargo, which it did not identify, would be stored on the island. State CyBC radio said containers are being transported to a naval base under police and military guard.

The Cypriot-flagged Monchegorsk has anchored off the port of Limassol since it arrived January 29 under suspicion from U.S. officials of ferrying weapons from Iran to Hamas fighters in Gaza.

The U.S. military said it found artillery shells and other arms aboard the ship after stopping it last month in the Red Sea. Iran denies the ship contains weapons.


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