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Poland sells $400 mln worth arms to Iraq in 2 years
www.chinaview.cn 2005-11-22 10:31:34

    WARSAW, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Poland has signed in the recent two years more than 40 contracts with Iraqi military departments and supplied the Middle East country with arms worth a total of some 400 million US dollars, the Warsaw Life newspaper reported Monday.

    The military equipment sold by Poland included helicopters, guns, special military vehicles and field service equipment and accounted for some 30 percent of all the arms Iraq has purchased over the same period, the paper said.

    It said that Iraq tends to purchase military equipment from those countries which have troops deployed in Iraq.

    Poland contributed an initial force of 2,500 to the US-led invasion of Iraq to topple President Saddam Hussein.

    The country now faces disputes about whether to continue its military presence in Iraq. The leftist government unseated in September's elections had planned to withdraw the remaining 1,700 troops early next year, but the new conservative pro-US government tends to continue its military deployment there.

    It would decide on the issue in mid-December, Defense Minister Radek Sikorski said last week.

    The latest military contract Poland signed with Iraq was about supplying 600 DZIK-3 armored vehicles valued up to 100 million US dollars. Poland is now negotiating with the Iraqi Defense Ministryon supplying the latter with another 600 armored cars of the same type.

    All the contracts were signed between Bumar, Poland's biggest war industry group, and Iraq's military authorities, according to the Warsaw Life.

    Western media reported earlier that Poland had supplied Iraq with dated and even inoperative military equipment. They also published pictures of helicopters supplied by Poland, which had been in service for more than 20 years.

    But Burma said it had not received any complaints from Iraq. Enditem

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