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Burma: Defence Equipment

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the sale of military helicopters to Burma by India containing parts manufactured or designed by (a) EU and (b) UK companies. (154330)

We are aware of the report published by non-governmental organisations saying that the Indian Government is planning to transfer advanced light helicopters to Burma.

On 27 July, the EU Troika in New Delhi delivered a demarche on the Indian Government about the reported transfer of the helicopters to Burma. They reminded the Indian Government of the long-standing common position on Burma, which includes an arms embargo, and the EU's deep concern about the situation there. The Indian Government reiterated that no such deal was under consideration.