UN blames captain for Pak-bound ship’s detention by India

The ship was seized by Indian customs authorities 50 kms south of Kolkata.

Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 16:56 PM IST

Islamabad: The United Nations (UN) has blamed the captain of the Pakistan-bound ship carrying decommissioned weaponry from a UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia responsible for the circumstances leading to its detention by India last month.

The MV Aegean Glory was seized by Indian customs authorities 50 kilometres south of Kolkata last Friday.

UN’s associate spokesman Farhan Haq said that the ship’s route was changed without consulting the UN.

“A unilateral decision to alter the route was taken without consultation of the UN - thus arriving in Bangladesh first and then proceeding to India (Kolkata). This resulted in the Pakistani cargo still being on board of the ship upon arrival in India (contrary to the original plan),” The Nation quoted Haq, as saying.

“That was not done in consultation with the UN,” he added.

ANI