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"A deal might be sealed by Wednesday and then we will issue a statement regarding the end of the matter," said Sugule Ali, a spokesman for the estimated 50 pirates holding the MV Faina since September 25..more..http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=858050
Somali troops arrest a pirate from the Dubai-flagged ship Al-Khaleej in the northern port town of Bosasso in April after storming the vessel. Storming mv Faina is being ruled out because of its deadly cargo. Photo/FILE Website blew the whistle on arms
Information posted on Sudan Tribune’s website in February showed that 50 tanks had arrived at the port of Mombasa and more cargo, including rocket launchers, artillery and an aircraft, would be delivered in the following months
It is believed that the Ukrainian ship hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast 11 days ago was ferrying part of the weapons. The Sudan Tribune also said the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) was stocking its military stores in violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in January 2005.
The ship’s owners have since revealed that the mv Faina, which was hijacked in the Indian Ocean, was carrying 33 Russian-made T-72 tanks and other heavy artillery, including rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, 23 anti-aircraft guns and ammunition.
But Kenyan officials maintain the cargo was for the Kenya Army. more..http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/477922/-/tkxdrf/-/index.html