NEW DELHI – India is investigating how Swedish-made weapons purchased by the Indian army turned up in Myanmar in violation of EU sanctions, the Press Trust of India reported Saturday, quoting official sources.
Sweden asked India on Thursday to clarify how the weapons wound up in Myanmar after it was revealed the Indian army had bought the arms, Trade Minister Ewa Bjorling told the Swedish parliament.
“Sweden has raised the issue with us. We are looking into it. But we have never sent any lethal weapons to Myanmar,” an unnamed Indian official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Bjorling said the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (ISP) had informed her the arms had come from India.
Pictures taken in Myanmar and published in Swedish media this week showed a Carl Gustaf M3 anti-tank rifle and ammunition left behind by Myanmar government soldiers.
Story first published: 15th December 2012