Nepal Government Debates Mystery Over Ukraine Weapons Consignment

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Nepal Government remains clueless about who ordered the 5.1 tonne weapons consignment from Ukraine, and it has ordered an inquiry to find out who struck the deal.

"We do not know anything about that consignment. An inquiry is on to find out who had struck the deal," The Himalayan Times quoted Dr Suresh Chalise, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister as saying.

The Nepal Government does not know whether the deal to buy the weapons was struck during the royal regime, but suspects it might have got the go-ahead "right from the top" of the previous government, sources told the paper.

A plane from Ukraine carrying the consignment via India to Nepal was forced to land at Ahmedabad airport after the Nepal Government told the External Affairs Ministry in India, on August 26, that it knew nothing about such a consignment.

The consignment included rifles, ammunition and anti-aircraft missiles manufactured in Israel.

The issue came to light when New Delhi asked the Nepal government about the plane and whether to provide airspace to it or not.

Nepal Army Spokesperson Brigadier General Nepal Bhushan Chand said he was unaware of that any such consignment was meant for the Army.

Source: ANI