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Sudan rejects US allegations of masterminding weapons flow to South

January 27, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government today dismissed accusations leveled by the US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice in which she suggested that weapons flow from North to South of the country have fueled the recent surge in violence in the semi-autonomous region.

Last year in South Sudan about 2,500 people were killed in fighting involving militias, ethnic rivalries, and cattle raiding, and 350,000 fled their homes, according to aid agencies.

“We heard today from the U.N. that it is not just small arms but some heavier munitions that seem to be flowing in,” Rice said. “We weren’t given specifics on that. But we have seen, in the violence that is taking place in the South, a higher degree of sophistication and lethality of the weapons employed, and that’s a source of concern”.

The American official said that Washington believed some of the weapons were coming from northern Sudan.

The spokesman of the Sudanese ministry of foreign Affairs, Muawiya Osman Khalid, said in a statement Tuesday that the weapons being made by the United States and flowing all over the globe are responsible for expanding destruction and devastation in the world.

Khalid added that Rice “did not act to promote herself, but remained circulating false accusations which are lacking evidence, a matter that rendered her a real devastation element which is threatening to the stability and peace in Sudan, instead of being an original supporter to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and a positive factor to prop up the major changes taking place in Sudan, top of them is the democratic transformation and the coming elections”.

The Sudanese official said that the United States could be a serious partner for creating peace in Sudan as long as Susan Rice stops sticking “to her old and obsolete convictions”.

Khartoum views Rice as a hawk in the US administration who prior to joining the Obama team, called for military action and tough response against the Sudanese government to stop what she describes as “genocide” in Darfur.

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