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Sep 01, 2017

Weapons worth 10 m USD sold to Bulgaria! Featured

The defence ministry yesterday (31) signed an agreement to sell weapons worth around 10 million US dollars to Bulgaria.

They comprise only three items, out of 264 military items categorized for sale, and just two per cent of the total weaponry that had been decided to be sold after the war ended.

Waidyaratne suspends sale of other items

Defence secretary Kapila Waidyaratne has now suspended the sale of the other items, after he decided that tenders should be called, instead of calling for proposals.

Defence sources say keeping the weaponry could cause a destruction similar to the one that had taken place at the Army’s Salawa armoury.

However, tender calling is time consuming, with four proposals received, each worth over 30 million USD, according to the sources.

The defence secretary is delaying the sales despite a committee appointed on the recommendation of a cabinet committee on weapon sales already having prepared a list of the minimum prices for each item.

The ministry’s chief accountant Kamani Hettiarachchi too, is behind this delay, reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror say.