Cyprus releases impounded radar equipment to Syria

September 27, 2006 13:50

Cypriot authorities have released a cargo of suspected air defense radars seized three weeks ago on a Syria-bound vessel, officials said Wednesday. The Panamanian-flagged Gregorio I was stopped on Sept. 5 at the port of Limassol, after authorities found that the freighter was carrying 18 trucks fitted with radars that appeared to be air defense systems. Three other trucks on the freighter - which had sailed from North Korea - appeared to be command and control vehicles. There is no arms embargo on Syria but Cyprus had refused to release the cargo after the vessel's manifest said the shipment consisted of irrigation pipes and meteorological equipment.

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