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Zimbabwe: Arms Control

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to secure an international moratorium on arms sales to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. (204088)

Following on from the UN Security Council discussion on 29 April, we are encouraging the Southern African Development Community countries to continue to prevent arms transfers to Zimbabwe and to further explore how the international community can support these efforts. We will continue to press for an international moratorium until democratic governance is restored to Zimbabwe.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have sold arms to Zimbabwe in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (204087)

We do not maintain a record of other countries’ arms purchases or sales. The EU and US have an embargo on the sale of arms to Zimbabwe and we are supporting the call for a temporary moratorium on all arms sales until Zimbabwe has a democratic government in place.