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German dispatch company: no proof for Syrian weapons delivery claim [2012-04-17]

Berlin (dpa) - A German shipment aggregation said Monday it had begin no affirmation to aback up media claims fabricated endure anniversary that one of its vessels, the Atlantic Cruiser, was active accoutrements to Syria.

The Bockstiegel shipment aggregation said it had asked the vessel‘s aggregation to appraise the cargo. An antecedent seek angry up pipes and spools of electric cable to be installed in a ability station, not accoutrements and ammunition.

Germany‘s government said beforehand Monday it was still searching into the allegations that a weapons embargo on Syria was getting broken.

"From the description of the burden in the abstracts and from the apparent appearance, the aggregation has no affirmation that it contains guns, armament and abundant aggressive equipment, as has been asserted in the media," Bockstiegel said in a account on its website.

Bockstiegel, based in the North Sea anchorage of Emden, said the abstracts showed the burden to be apparatus for a thermal ability base ordered by the Syrian Electricity Ministry from an Indian manufacturer. It had been loaded in Mumbai, India.

The address had been accountant to a Ukrainian company. The two companies had had a diffuse and categorical business relationship, it added. The arrangement defined that the Atlantic Cruiser could alone backpack "lawful cargo."

However, Bockstiegel said the address was absolutely loaded and the aggregation could alone analysis the top of the cargo, not what was beneath it.

It has assured Berlin the freighter will alarm at a aloof anchorage for the burden to be advised afore it is delivered to Syria.

The address apoplectic in the Mediterranean on Friday afterwards accepting a blackmail from opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian activists said they had prevented the supply to Tartus, Syria of a burden anticipation to accept originated in Iran.

The European Union has imposed a alternation of sanctions on the Syrian regime, including a weapons embargo, back a crackdown on pro-democracy activists began in March 2011. That crackdown has back claimed at atomic 9,000 lives, according to the United Nations. dpa jbp moe ncs Authors: Jean-Baptiste Piggin, Soenke Moehl