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Chinese bullet casings found in Darfur


China has dismissed a United Nations report on Sudan that says a dozen brands of Chinese-made bullet casings were found at attack sites in Darfur.  Beijing did not give specific objections, but claimed the report was "inappropriate" and "irresponsible."


China is Sudan's top arms supplier and has an agreement with Khartoum that says any of the weapons used in Sudan will not be used in the Darfur region.

Pieter Wezeman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

“The problem is of course that who’s going to believe that the Sudanese government is not using these weapons in Darfur," says researcher Pieter Wezeman. The Sudanese have never really denied that they bring them into Darfur against the stipulations of the UN arms embargo".

"China says it’s not their fault, but shouldn’t they claim some responsibility for not insisting that the Sudanese live up to the agreement that they have with China”, says Wezeman, who is a senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The UN estimates that some 300,000 people in the western Darfur region have died since 2003, when rebels in the region took up arms against the Khartoum government.

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