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Czech Government to Donate Ammunition to Afghanistan - 2004-10-11

The government of the Czech Republic has voted to donate surplus weaponry to Afghanistan's national army.

Czech defense ministry spokesmen said Monday the government is negotiating with the United States to transport submachine gun ammunition, hand grenades and signal rockets to Kabul.

The weaponry is part of nearly 70,000 metric tons of surplus weaponry held by the Czech military that would otherwise have to be destroyed or sold.

The CTK news service reports the weaponry was once held by the armed forces of the former state of Czechoslovakia, from which the Czech Republic broke in 1993.

The Associated Press says Defense Minister Karel Kuehnl has also suggested donating some ammunition to Iraq.