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Beijing ‘stops’ arms sale to Juba

Author : | Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

China has stopped the sale of weapons to South Sudan, according to international media reports.

The report comes four months after South Sudan received weapons from China.

In June, Defense Minister Kuol Manyang acknowledged receipt of $38 million weaponry from China.

They included missiles, grenade launchers, machine guns and ammunitions.

This provoked outcry from the international community, particularly human rights groups, saying the arms were fueling the conflict.

They called upon the United Nations to impose arm embargo on South Sudan.

The US-based Bloomberg website reported that the Chinese government now considers it inappropriate to implement the remaining part of the contract whose details emerged in July.

However, the ministry of foreign affairs says it has not received an official notification.

The spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs and International Cooperation in South Sudan, Ambassador Mawien Makol, says his government has not been notified of the decision by China.

“We have not received an official clarification from China regarding that,” said Amb Makol.

“I think it’s not true. You know we have good bilateral relations with Chinese and that’s why we have exchanged visits.”

China is one of the biggest buyers of South Sudan’s oil.

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