October 27, 1996 in Nation/World

Ship With U.S. Arms Leaves Harbor

Compiled From Wire Services
 

A ship carrying U.S. arms for the Bosnian army left port without unloading its cargo Saturday as U.S. and Bosnian officials attempted to work out political disputes.

The American Condor had been docked two days waiting for permission to unload its cargo of $100 million in military equipment. Given the potentially explosive nature of its cargo, the ship moved out of the harbor at Ploce to a point off the Croatian coast, port officials said.

The United States has delayed delivery of the weapons until the Bosnian government meets a series of U.S. demands, including problems over implementation of a joint Muslim-Croat defense law.

A key dispute is over Washington’s request for the resignation of the Bosnian federation’s deputy defense minister, whom it suspects has maintained close ties to Iran.


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