South African government has denied rumours claiming that weapons and military hardware were shipped to Turkey, which could possibly end up in the hands of militia groups fighting in the Libyan civil war.
According to News24, this happened after questions were raised during a Parliamentary meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, about reports that military hardware had been exported to Turkey in May and could possibly end up in Libya.
Responding South Africa’s National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) chairperson and Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said the matter was raised with the NCACC last week.
He said they had no previous knowledge of military hardware destined for Libya.
During the meeting on Thursday, the committee was told the NCACC requested a report from the ministers responsible for international relations and cooperation, the national intelligence coordinating committee, and the defence department.
Mthembu said the sale and use of military weapons are guided by international protocol and South African regulations.
According to domestic regulations, military hardware may not be sold to countries involved in conflicts.
According to Aljazeera, the European Union’s top diplomat has urged all parties in the conflict in Libya to immediately stop all military operations and to engage constructively in peace negotiations.