Wall Street Journal: U.N. Fears Belarus Broke Ivory Coast Embargo

Media Source: 
Wall Street Journal
Date of publication: 
Mon, 2011-02-28

The United Nations secretary-general said a suspected shipment of helicopter gunships from Belarus to Ivory Coast would be a "serious violation" of an international arms embargo imposed on the West African nation, whose longtime ruler is clinging to power despite losing a presidential election. /.../ Weapons from Belarus "have a track record of ending up in places subject to U.N. arms embargoes," said Hugh Griffiths, an expert on illicit arms trafficking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.