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BDS Pressure in Greece Leads to Cancellation of US Arms Shipment to Israel

January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON (AFP)--The U.S. military has to had to cancel a planned shipment of munitions from a Greek port to a U.S. warehouse in Israel due to objections from Athens, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.

 

WASHINGTON (AFP)--The U.S. military has to had to cancel a planned shipment of munitions from a Greek port to a U.S. warehouse in Israel due to objections from Athens, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.

 

"I think the Greek government had some issue with the offloading of some of that shipment in their country and so we are finding alternative means of getting that entire shipment to its proper destination in Israel," spokesman Geoff Morrell told a news conference. "I don't think we've come to a final resolution on how or when that will take place."

 

The shipment had been agreed last summer before the current Israeli offensive in Gaza, he said.

 

He said the U.S. had operated the munitions stockpile for nearly 20 years and that Israel "can ask for permission to access" the munitions.

 

He said he didn't know the nature of Greece's objection and whether it was related to security or political concerns.

 

Reported in Morningstar

January 14, 2009
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