JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan has denied allegations that its
southern neighbor Uganda helped Juba to acquire European weapons
despite an arms ban by the European Union (EU).
campaign group, Conflict Armament Research (CAR), said in a new
report that Uganda, a major ally of South Sudan bought weapons
on behalf of the conflict-torn country to escape EU arms
The report alleges
that the Ugandan government bought arms and ammunition from
three EU countries (Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia) that were
diverted to South Sudan’s military between 2014 and 2015.
But Michael Makuei,
South Sudan’s government spokesman, dismissed the report as
“fake,” adding that the government is currently focused on
funding the recently signed peace deal but not war.
“We are not
receiving arms from anybody because we are already in peace.
Whatever money we have, we will use it for peace, not for buying
arms,” Makuei told Xinhua by phone in Juba.
Makuei alleged that
the report was written by anti-peace elements seeking to destroy
the latest peace deal.
“It is continuation
of that process of objection to the peace process. People are
trying by any means to ensure that the agreement is washed down,
but those people will not make it,” he added.
descended into civil war in late 2013, and the conflict has
created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.
The UN estimates
that about 4 million South Sudanese have been displaced
internally and externally.
A peace deal signed
in August 2015 collapsed following renewed violence in the
capital, Juba in July 2016.
President Salva Kiir, his former deputy and arch rival Riek
Machar and several opposition groups in September signed a
revitalized power-sharing deal aimed at ending the five-year old