The report says China stepped up its arms supply to Sudan as others cut back to comply with a U.N. arms embargo, making China by far the biggest supplier of small arms to Khartoum — providing 90% of all Khartoum’s acquisitions between 2004 and 2006, totaling $55 million. Small arms such as assault rifles are the most common weapon used in Darfur.
The report says that, as the arms supply increased, so did Sudan’s sales of oil vital to China’s burgeoning economy, a commodity the report says explains China’s interest in supporting the government of Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir.
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Hollywood stars, including George Clooney, have donated half a million dollars to the World Food Programme in Darfur, following warnings that cash shortages could ground its humanitarian flights, the UN agency said Thursday.(AFP/Tim Clary)