By Tarjei Leer-Salvesen
The changes Andrejevic was compelled to ask to be made (by the major shareholder), was among other things that the customer contact ought to referred to as a thing of the past. This additional letter also states that the company has a difficult economy at the time, and Mr. Beveridge insists that it is not written how many weapons are still on stock in the Techno Arms warehouse. He also wants to NorWatch to write how small some of the contracts was in 1997.
For instance, the company now claims only one gun was sold to the Ivory Coast in 1997, where as Andrejevic previously said Techno Arms enjoyed the co-operation of a skilled sales agent. Furthermore, they claim only three guns were sold to Malawi, while one hundred guns were sold to the US.
No documentation of this has been given. Nor has the company given any figures on how many guns have been sold - and to whom - after Kvaerner became the largest shareholder in the Cementation Group.
As for the Sierra Leone contract, the MD of Cementation Africa doesn't want the negotiated number of weapons (38.000) to be mentioned, and he asks NorWatch not to mention that Andrejevic still is in contact with powerful people in Sierra Leone to finalise this contract.
Additional to this, Andrejevic asks, after his consultation with the MD of the Cementation Group, whether it is possible to change some of the direct quotes given during the interview - and later on confirmed in writing. The Cementation group understood, too some extent, that it is not normal praxis to change confirmed quotes under such circumstances.
Asked why the Cementation group wants these changes to be made, Group Communication answers that founder and executive director of Techno Arms, Mr. Ratomir Andrejevic, doesn't know what is going on in his company. Additionally, his English is, according to Group Communication department of Cementation Africa, still not good enough after twenty-five years in South Africa to understand the content of the interview he himself had read and approved.
Andrejevic himself seemed very sad and disappointed when NorWatch contacted him after having received the last letter. And Cementation Africa says that Techno Arms is out on the marked, ready to be sold.
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