MACEDONIA SEIZED ARMS
Macedonian authorities seized three trucks loaded with weapons apparently being smuggled into neighboring Bulgaria, the Skopje police said.
The weapons included mortars, machine guns, assault rifles and pistols, Macedonia's Kanal-5 television reported Friday. The equipment had been property of the army of the Republic of Macedonia and had been decommissioned.
The Macedonian Interior Ministry confirmed the trucks were seized Thursday outside Skopje and an investigation was under way.
The Macedonian Defense Ministry said its own investigation was opened to establish who permitted taking out the arms from the Skopje factory compound where the weapons were refurbished.
The army said the arms were a legal shipment within a compensation treaty between the Bulgarian and Macedonian armed forces, the Skopje Maxfax online newspaper said. But, the Macedonian police ministry said the trucks lacked transportation documents and had no proper escort.
MD: However, yesterday evening, Macedonia's ARM anounced that the arms belong to them and that the shipment was totally legal, denying that the shipment was seized at Skopje's outskirts.
[World News Connection]