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Egypt calls for UN inquiry on freighter carrying explosives to Libya

Saturday 13/January/2018 - 09:29 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
Official Spokesman for Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs، Ahmed Abo Zaid، expressed Egypt's deep concern over the recent media reports regarding the Greek authorities' seizure of a freighter loaded with explosives from Turkey to Misrata port in Libya. 

In a statement on Saturday، Abo Zaid said that if the story was confirmed، it would be considered a blatant violation of the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council in accordance with Resolution No. 2292.

He added that Egypt's diplomatic missions were assigned for immediate action to verify the information، coinciding with Egypt’s proposal to the United Nation Security to launch an investigating over the incident in accordance with the proposal made by the Libyan authorities in this regard.

The Greek coast guard has impounded a freighter carrying explosives، allegedly to war-torn Libya. Authorities described the vessel as a "moving bomb."

The Tanzanian-flagged freighter Andromeda was impounded at the port of Iraklion on Crete on January 6، the Greek coast guard said Wednesday.

Four days of inspections of the ship found 29 containers with explosives and detonators. 

"The coast guard neutralized a moving time bomb that could have had unpredictable consequences both for people and for the marine environment،" Rear Admiral Yiannis Argyriou was quoted by Kathimerini as telling reporters.

The explosives were reportedly loaded on the freighter in the southern Turkish port city of Mersin and destined for Djibouti and Oman.

The ship's captain was later instructed by its owner to deliver the explosives to the Libyan port city of Misrata، the coast guard said.

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