China, Russia, Sudan Reject Amnesty International Charges on Darfur As Fraudulent

8 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>China, Russia, Sudan Reject Amnesty International Charges on Darfur As Fraudulent</h1><p>May 8 (EIRNS)--Britain-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused China and Russia of violating a United Nations arms embargo by continuing to supply weapons to the Sudanese government for use in Darfur.</p><p>In a report published on May 8, Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization which has long been suspected of being a cat's paw of the British intelligence MI5, said that Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Belarus have also been supplying weapons to the authorities in Khartoum. Amnesty's claim comes just over a week after widely leaked UN report said that the Sudanese government had painted its military planes in UN colors in an attempt to disguise the transport of weapons to Darfur.</p><p>Amnesty says Russia and China are aware of the eventual uses of arms exported to Sudan. It cites 2005 trade figures as showing China sold $24m and Russia $21m of military material to Sudan. But both China and Russia denied the claims that they are supplying arms to Sudan for use in Darfur, in breach of a UN arms embargo. China said its exports to Sudan were legal, limited and on a small scale. Russia also denied any embargo breach. A Russian foreign ministry official said Moscow "unswervingly" observes the UN restrictions.</p><p>Simultaneously, Sudan has rejected Amnesty's accusations. Its UN ambassador, Mahmoud Abdel-Haleem, dismissed Amnesty's photographic evidence of the use of military aircraft in Darfur." Our reaction to Amnesty International's allegations is very easy," he was quoted as saying in a ABC report. "It is total rejection as it is baseless and unfounded," he said.</p><p>"These photos may be of a plane in the Central African Republic or maybe for one in south Sudan, but it is not in Darfur at all," he said. Haleem told the BBC: "We are moving these military assets to their respective places. We are not using these aircraft for any military function in Darfur."</p></div></body>