By RFIPosted on 15-08-2019Modified on 15-08-2019 at 21:25
Russia has started its second arms supply to the CAR - subject to an arms embargo since 2013 - authorized by a Security Council waiver on December 15, 2017. The delivery of weapons planned for May last started on Wednesday in Bangui.
The first shipment of the second arms shipment arrived on Wednesday discreetly at the Bangui airport. The Central African Minister of the Armed Forces and the United Nations Mine Action Service in particular were present for the reception. Minusca provided secure transportation of the cargo.
Nothing has filtered for the moment on the content of this shipment which should be followed by a dozen others. Delivery was scheduled for May. There were "logistical and technical problems that delayed delivery," said number two of the Russian Embassy, Victor Tokmakov.
The first delivery, which took place in January 2018 , was accompanied by criticisms of the non-transparency of the process. The report of the experts at the end of 2018 reveals inconsistencies between certain weapons delivered and the lists submitted to the Sanctions Committee. It recommended the establishment of an arms management software and a protocol for the verification and management of stocks of equipment with a derogation.
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