UNITED NATIONS STATEMENT ON WEAPONS IN MSA SHIP
We are aware of the media reports that aÂ private vessel shipping UN materiel wasÂ carrying allegedly illegal weapons.
The weapons found in the shipment by the Kenyan authorities were part of aÂ legitimate and declared Contingent
Owner Equipment cargo packed inÂ Mumbai, India with destination theÂ Indian Battalion of MONUSCO, DRC. The
weapons were declared in the bill of lading but not in the manifest. It isÂ normal practice for weapons attached to
the APCs to be dismantled and placedÂ inside the carriers in order to avoidÂ damage whilst being shipped.
The list with the weapons was provided by the Indian authorities after the vesselÂ sailed from Mumbai. A request was sentÂ by the UN contractor responsible for theÂ shipment to the Mombasa ship agent toÂ amend the manifest but since this wasÂ not possible, a declaration of the weapons accompanying the militaryÂ vehicles was attached.
The UN has cooperated fully with theÂ Kenyan authorities and hasÂ communicated the above through NoteÂ Verbale to the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
It is unfortunate that the KenyanÂ authorities inspected the cargo without aÂ UN presence which runs contrary to
established protocol and provisionsÂ surrounding privileges and immunities. We are also aware of the disturbing
allegations that drugs were also found onÂ the vessel. This is being currentlyÂ investigated by the respon