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Canadian diplomat queries company’s arms sale to South Sudan

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September 5, 2017 (KAMPALA) - A former Canadian ambassador has questioned the ethics of a Canadian company’s sale of dozens of armoured vehicles to the South Sudanese military, reports say.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

Nicholas Coghlan, The Mail and Globe reported, raised questions about the armoured vehicles sale when he learned of it while he still served as the Canadian ambassador to the war-torn nation.

Coghlan reportedly said he was tipped off to the export deal in early 2015 on social media when someone sent him a photo of the South Sudan military using the armoured vehicles to attack rebel positions.

"I followed up and the allegation was correct," he reportedly writes in his book, Collapse of a Country, which was published this month.

Coghlan was first posted to South Sudan’s capital in 2012, a year after it won independence and became the world’s newest country.

Last year, United Nations experts’ report said South Sudan purchased 173 armoured vehicles from Streit in the United Arab Emirates in 2014, after the civil war began.

Lawyers in the federal government reportedly said the vehicle export could not be prohibited by export-control laws because the vehicles were manufactured at an overseas Streit factory in the United Arab Emirates, even though it was a Canadian-owned company.

Coghlan, according to Mail and Globe, observed that the vehicle export made it possible for people to accuse Canadian diplomats of "hypocrisy" for criticizing South Sudan’s crimes while a Canadian company was simultaneously selling arms to the East African nation.

In his book, the former Canadian ambassador reportedly described South Sudan’s city of Malakal as “a lawless wasteland where all that mattered was your ethnicity and the calibre of your weapon."

Several reports from UN agencies UN and other human-rights entities have implicated the parties involved in the South Sudanese conflict of gross human rights violations such as massacres, rapes and lootings.

More than 80 humanitarian workers have been killed; food convoys looted and relief agencies harassed by government troops and rebels as the agencies try to provide aid to the displaced civilians.

In one incident, South Sudanese soldiers hijacked and looted a large convoy of UN food aid, including $300,000 in Canadian food aid, Coghlan wrote, and that the UN wanted the incident covered up.

Under a resolution the UN Security Council approved in August, former Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon’s list of South Sudan government obstructions of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was meant to trigger a council meeting within a few days to consider imposing an arms embargo and other options on the young nation.

The world’s youngest country, which gained independence in 2011 from Sudan, saw civil war break out in December 2013. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and both President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have been accused of war crimes.

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  • 6 September 13:52, by Eastern

    This is a very stupid POSTHUMOUS QUERY....! The weapons and equipment sale by Canada to South Sudan was done with the full knowledge of the Canadian government, what is Nicholas Coghlan saying, Moron...!

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    • 6 September 15:28, by Kuch

      Mr. Eastern,
      South Sudanese have a lot relationship with Canada, my own humble self studied in their own university of McGill, in Montriel. The Canadians however tried to toy with our counry before our country’s independence. Do you know Mr. Eastern, the phase "blood oil": http://www.paxvoorvrede.nl/media/files/soilandoildirtybusinessinsudan.pdf
      http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10

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      • 6 September 15:38, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern,
        l always advise you fool to get lost from our counry. Do you remember Mr. Eastern that you said a few Months ago that you "depended the ownership of Kaffie Kingi by the cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, that our Ngok Dinkas/Jiengs want to be your damn cloned arabs of North Sudan. Mr. Eastern, here in our Nilotic plains, we are going bomb you evils with your damn evil>>>

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        • 6 September 15:55, by Kuch

          corporate America, the UK, their UN, their damn sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their evil allies in between out of our country once and for all.

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          • 6 September 16:16, by Eastern

            Kuch or Kus,

            Even you studied in a Canadian university when you cannot correctly spell Montreal! Try something else not the diplomatic offensive which Kiir has failed to fight. When the likes of Gordon Buoy are once shown the exit from Canada, you will come to your senses....

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    • 6 September 15:37, by South South

      Eastern,

      Yes, weapons were sold with full knowledge of Canadian government, so what is the question? Nicholas Coghlan saw green and he wants to make money as individual. Moron!!!!!!!

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      • 6 September 16:42, by jubaone

        South South,
        Canadians would be better off selling books and pens to illiterate village jienges than guns. But cos it’s easier to teach an idiot to carry a gun than pen, this was the easier option. They say, it takes 5 mins to teach a savage jienge to shoot and 50 yrs to teach him to read and write. Hopeless good for nothing.

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        • 6 September 19:20, by South South

          jubaone,

          Great news for all of us. Dinka with the help of other tribes in South Sudan will stand tall to protect our country. Dinka are fighters, that why you ran away from South Sudan, sweet, sweet, sweet.

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          • 6 September 21:21, by jubaone

            South South,
            You stole national resources and armed your jienge bastards to kill women and children. Now real men are screwing you out of Equatoria. We shall smoke you out of Equatoria soon or later. MTN has degenerated into Gemtel. They no longer vagabond freely on our roads. So nothing will change till Nimule is cleaned up 👆.

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    • 6 September 15:44, by Midit Mitot

      South Sudan has become the worse world supper market whereby every one should sale whatever he/she want, sorry!

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      • 6 September 15:49, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        I do believe your hands are shaking right now from this news. This is why peace is very important in our country. Let’s all together work to bring peace so that Canadians can not find market for their weapons.

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  • 6 September 17:16, by Joseph Canada

    "They say, it takes 5 mins to teach a savage jienge to shoot and 50 yrs to teach him to read and write. Hopeless good for nothing". You hit the nail right on the target.

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    • 6 September 21:47, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Arm ebanago for individuals personnel destroying human lives is a criminal acts n not legal,these people should be charge heavily and have their assets freeze n imposed section to them, for they should be the first folks to be section amongst the rest,these people have ban gun in their conteninent n come
      n sell them here, we had enough guns in South Sudan n we should be in the process of burning

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      • 6 September 21:59, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        all guns just like what former priminister of Australia did His Excellency Mr John Howard, during his term he orders all gun to be burn but President Kenyatta Burn elephant tork instead the other way round..we should be go back thousands years ago of using spears instead of guns;Folks were living a well secure life, amicable, peacefully live.if I take u back in time you will breath the glimpse of

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        • 6 September 22:04, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          Fresh air not chemicalise air of today’s 21st century. The first world countries are advancing a head in time discovering
          N African are finishing themselves with weapons and army’s

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