Cyprus Reports to UN on Iranian Ship

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Cypriot Foreign Affairs Ministry released a statement on Tuesday saying it had submitted its findings on the cargo of an Iranian ship to the United Nations.

Last week, the US Sixth Fleet in the Gulf of Aden stopped the ship on its way to Egypt, allegedly to unload its cargo for transport by land to the smuggling tunnels in the Egyptian Sinai.

With permission of the ship's captain, US Navy officials searched the ship, finding some "small munitions" on board, but said it lacked authority to seize the cargo.

US officials believe the Iranian ship Monchegorsk, flying under a Cypriot flag, was transporting weapons to the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip.

The ship has been anchored at the Cyriot port of Limassol since last week.

Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias said they searched the ship last Friday.

"We're handling this responsibility," Christofias said. "I can't at this time make any remarks that…may create more problems," he said.

"I've told you that we must handle these things very responsibly and very seriously and without a lot of clamor in the media," the Cypriot president said.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, The Associated Press

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