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Pézard, Stéphanie. 2007 ‘Sustaining the Conflict: Ammunition for Attack.’ Targeting Ammunition: A Primer, pp. 141-42. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June

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When international arms dealer Leonid Minin was arrested in Italy on 5 August 2000, the police found in his hotel room documents showing that he -- together with a Russian air cargo company, Aviatrend -- had brokered a deal to supply 113 tons (five million rounds) of 7.62 mm ammunition to the former Côte d'Ivoire ruler General Robert Gueï.

The ammunition went from Ukraine to Côte d'Ivoire with an end-user certificate signed by Gueï, before departing again for Monrovia, where it ended up in the hands of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) (Traynor, 2001; UNSC, 2001, pp. 46–49).

Earlier in 1999, Burkina Faso had re-exported to Liberia, in spite of the end-user certificate it had signed, the bulk of a shipment of 68 tons of Ukrainian weapons including '715 boxes of weapons and cartridges, and 408 boxes of cartridge powder' (UNSC, 2000, p. 35, paras. 203–07).

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