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Arms to brutal regimes

Issue No. 1672

THE government claims it won't sell arms to countries if there is a 'clearly identifiable risk they might be used for internal repression'. That sounds like a sick joke in the light of new figures on the 10,000 arms export licences approved in 1998.

Over 20 percent of the licences cover small arms, light weapons and ammunition to countries with internal conflicts like Zimbabwe, Kenya and Colombia. Some licences also cover sales of explosives to China, and armoured personnel carriers and assault rifles for Saudi Arabia.

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Sat 13 Nov 1999, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1672
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