China: Those Weren't Our Bullets in Darfur

Beijing is trying to block UN report to the contrary
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2010 12:57 PM CDT
China: Those Weren't Our Bullets in Darfur
UN peacekeepers patrol the refugee camp of Zamzam at the outskirts of the Darfur town of el Fasher, Sudan Tuesday, April 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

China is attempting to block publication of UN report stating that Chinese bullets were used in attacks against UN peacekeeping forces in Darfur, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The report states that 11 different kinds of Chinese-made bullet casings were found at sites where government-allied militia members attacked UN or African Union forces, but a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry dismissed the claims as “unconfirmed” and “groundless.”

A 2005 UN Security Council resolution requires China—Sudan’s largest arms supplier—to ensure its military equipment is not used by the Sudanese government in its Darfur region. The UN report doesn’t actually accuse China of knowingly selling weapons to be used in Darfur—but the fact that the nation is trying to block the report “is suspicious,” a UN diplomat tells Reuters.
(More Darfur stories.)

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