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Obama lifts ban on US arms exports to S Sudan
Sun Jan 8, 2012 2:19AM
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The White House has declared the government of South Sudan eligible to receive weapons and defense assistance from the U.S.


United States President Barack Obama issued a memorandum on Friday notifying the Secretary of State and Congress that he is adding South Sudan to the list of countries eligible to buy weapons from the U.S.




"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 503(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and section 3(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to the Republic of South Sudan will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace" said the official text of Obama's decision.


The announcement came amid an outbreak of violence between two South Sudanese tribes that may have left thousands dead and some 50,000 people needing aid. AP


South Sudan formally declared its independence from Sudan in July under a 2005 peace agreement, and the United States has worked to free the young country from economic and political sanctions originally imposed on the Khartoum government.



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