Thursday, November 18, 2004

Moscow says it does not supply weapons to Sudan

MOSCOW, November 19 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow does not supply weapons to Sudan, Foreign Ministry's spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said answering a question by Western journalists.

"Acting in compliance with the UN Security Council decision, President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on measures to fulfil UN Security Council resolution 1556 of 30 July 2004," Mr. Yakovenko said. "This Decree stipulates that all state establishments, industrial enterprises, companies and private individuals under Russian jurisdiction shall be prohibited to sell or deliver weapons, munitions and military hardware to all non-governmental organisations, including the Janjawid militiants, operating in the North, South and West Darfour provinces of Sudan."

The spokesman pointed out that "this Decree is being unfailingly complied with; not a single instance of its violation has been registered." Being a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia is consistently advocating a peaceful political settlement in Sudan, including in Darfour, and is against any actions that could complicate the attainment of this goal.

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