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S. Sudanese rebels asked Beijing not to sell weapons to Juba

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October 24, 2014 (NAIROBI) – The opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar asked the Chinese government to stop selling weapons to president Salva Kiir’s government, an official has disclosed.

Chinese Trucks headed to South Sudan parked at Kenyan port of Mombasa (The Star)

“During the visit to Beijing on 21st September, our delegation led by the Chairman of External Relations Committee, Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, asked the Chinese government to stop selling weapons to the regime in Juba,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

“The Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs responded positively in which they informed our delegation that they already instructed their institutions to stop selling and delivery of military equipment to Juba,” Dak added, saying that the rebel group was told the message had already been passed to Juba during the visit to Beijing by foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjiman.

He said the head of external affairs committee, Diing, briefed the SPLM-in-Opposition’s leadership council on Thursday in Nairobi on the outcome of the visit to Beijing.

He said during the September meeting, Beijing also expressed support to the ongoing peace process as the best option for resolving the current crisis in South Sudan and pledged to participate in the humanitarian intervention in the country.

In June China sold weapons worth $38 million, a consignment of which was delivered to South Sudan through the Kenyan coastal port of Mombassa.

Machar’s opposition group at the time criticized the Chinese government for what they said was a double standard in which it fuelled the war through sale of weapons to Juba while at the same time expressed to play role of supporting the peace process and peace keeping.

However of recent Beijing media reports suggested a confirmation that Chinese government distanced itself from the sale of weapons to South Sudan and instructed its companies not to sell or deliver weapons to president Kiir’s government.

Dak said the Chinese government and the rebel delegation also discussed Beijing’s concerns about the safety of their oil workers in South Sudan.

China is currently the biggest oil dealer in South Sudan.

Relations between Beijing and Juba remains intact despite recent expression of frustration by officials of president Kiir’s government against a leading Chinese company operating inside South Sudan.

Minister of information and official spokesperson of the government, Michael Makuei Lueth, this week accused a Chinese communications company, Huawei, of hacking government accounts and forging documents to cheat the government.

Observers said Juba may not be happy about the decision by Beijing to stop supporting it in the war against the rebels.

REBELS SAY KAMPALA ACCOMPLICE

As a comprehensive arms embargo by the international community is looming against South Sudan if the war continues, Juba had recently signed a strategic military cooperation agreement with Uganda in which Kampala can purchase weapons on behalf of the former.

The rebel spokesman said such a move by Kampala was unacceptable, adding this would also necessitate extending the arms embargo against the neighbouring country.

“By helping the regime in Juba to evade the would-be arms embargo, this would make Kampala an accomplice in the matter. It would necessitate extending the imposition of arms embargo on Uganda,” Dak said.

Uganda has been involved in the 10-month old war between president Kiir’s government and opposition forces allied to his former deputy Machar in which it deployed thousands of troops to South Sudan with back up by its airforce.

The conflict which started following political debates about reforms within the leadership of the ruling party (SPLM) turned violent in mid-December, plunging the country into civil war.

Tens of thousands of people have so far died and 1.8 million displaced with four million others threatened by hunger.

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  • 25 October 2014 09:10, by Mapuor

    Who do you think will buy their weapons?.Sovereign states have every right to buy military equipments including weapons to strengthen their military fire power and South Sudan is not an exception.Only those who are suffering from narcissistic Personality Disorder can suggest such kalaam farik.SPLA is well equipped and has already defeated rebels!

    • 25 October 2014 09:51, by Johndumo14

      The Nuer Tribe must form their new political party,
      including all those dinka side with them-from there you can
      win your dream of president of s.sudan,if you don´t know how
      to Name it ,I sugest you call it as NDP,SSKP,SSDP,SSWA,SSNDP-Nuer demoratic party,s.sudan`s killer party,S.Sudan distruction party,S.Sudan white army,S.Suan Nuer dinka party,THESE ARE GOOG NAMES,SHOSE ONE OF THEM,U CAN WIN

      • 25 October 2014 23:27, by Nyachebe

        Had it not American’s influence to Dr Riek to tactically withdrawn his forces back when were in march towards Juba, the so called Kiir would have been a gone case by now. So it doesn’t matter how Uganda is aiding them they are nothing to us in real practices. Let them buy, use even being fucked by Yoweri Museveni but still Republic of Banana and will not deter mighty Nuer and those of Mading Aweil

  • 25 October 2014 10:07, by Ayuen deng

    Under which constitution that a rebel could ask china to stop selling weapons to independent Country South Sudan.it will not help solving the problem of South Sudan not until Riek came back to Juba and form his own party, so that to contest for presidency in general election in 2015, those negotiation of IGAD and CCM will not bear fruit.

  • 25 October 2014 19:27, by Naath Raani

    The corupt, triblise, Dinka malitias of Salva try to equipe themselves but still running from Nuers and call out Uganda. Weapons are holding by people and I doubt it, who are going to fire those weapons while Dinkas are ladies to confront Nuers? Criminals group of Gogrial Dinkas are selling out our oil to kill the citizens of the land but God already cursed your asses.

  • 25 October 2014 23:45, by Naath Raani

    I’m not finished stupid majority of Bhar El Ghazel. In Juba, your king of the jungle Killer Kiir brought all the goat herders to Juba to feed them while no body advised him that South Sudanese are watching our corruption. What a shamefull life from Gogrial. All South Sudanese tribes are very good handling food but orphans who never get enough feeding back home are thinking is their time to loot.

  • 25 October 2014 23:56, by Naath Raani

    If Jesus comes today, all Dinkas will still insisting that Son of God is bringing food instead of taking people to new life. What I also known is Dinkas will be busy at the Market in Juba and selling Equatorians land. You guys don’t have sense and feeling about your deors? You also corrupt without giving what widows deserved to have while their husbands perished in the movement? Whata human-------

  • 26 October 2014 00:07, by Naath Raani

    with no pain for the children our the heros? You guys do the prostitutions to the women and children of South Sudan who loves ones dead in the war. They don’t have jobs and they are looking to feed their children, yet the criminals regime of Kiir instructs them " money a tow a chulich" That means if you need money then the Dinka man will sleep with you first.Shame on you guys and the heros are----

  • 26 October 2014 00:11, by Naath Raani

    watching your actions. Nuers are fighting a good fight. No refuge where you have to hide at all. For your information, your take caution before dry season.

    • 26 October 2014 02:19, by Stephen kuach

      when are you going to learn people,how many of you that have loss their lives in this senseless war,but after all you’re still insisted to fight with all S.Sudanese tribes,why in God’s sake do you people want to wipeout your own people just for Riek Machar to becomes president,that’s ridiculous!

    • 26 October 2014 08:22, by Redeemer

      Raani
      Asked those Nuer who started the fight in Juba on the 15-Dec-2013, they will tell u the ugly truth beneath

  • 26 October 2014 00:32, by Marco Bul

    Wëu/yöw aa tøw ë cul-ic.Hahaha



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