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Ethiopia: Arms Trade

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government’s policy is on the sale of arms to Ethiopia. (228184)

The Minister for Africa, the Middle East and Asia announced the Government’s policy on export licensing in a PQ answer on 26 October 2000, Official Report, columns 199-203W.

In summary, all relevant export licence applications, including those of arms to Ethiopia, are rigorously assessed on a case by case basis against the consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking account of the circumstances prevailing at the time and other relevant announced Government policies.

An export licence will not be issued if the arguments for doing so are outweighed by the need to comply with the UK’s international obligations and commitments, by concern that the goods might be used for internal repression or international aggression, by the risks to regional stability or by other considerations as described in the EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.