Ukrinmash refutes information on supplying arms to South Sudan

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the source in the company, the contract existed, but it wasn’t executed
20:52, 25 September 2017


A source in Ukrinmash refuted the information on supplying arms to South Sudan, and said that the statement of Amnesty International doesn’t correspond to reality, Ukrayinska Pravda reports with a link to the company’s representative.

“Ukrinmash never supplied the mentioned arms to South Sudan. The contract had been signed, but wasn’t executed, it didn’t happen, and won’t happen… the contract was worthless and didn’t happen. The export license wasn’t obtained,” the source said.

According to him, the documents published by Amnesty International can’t prove the delivery.

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“These documents always precede the agreements or requests,” he said.

He added that previously the organization addressed Ukrinmash with a request and received all the information on these contracts. He also noted that “South Sudan isn’t under sanctions that would forbid arm supplying”.

The source also excluded the option that Ukrinmash could have sold the arms to another company, which would go on to re-sell them to Sudan. “It’s technically impossible based on the international law. Because preceding any delivery, there must be a certificate of the final consumer. Amnesty presents the final consumer, and it’s Sudan. But thus contract wasn’t executed, nor was being executed,” he said.

As it was reported earlier, Amnesty International claimed that a Ukrainian state-owned company supplied arms to South Sudan, which were later used to kill civilians, thus violating the country's international obligations.

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