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Eritrea: Arms Trade

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will introduce an arms embargo against Eritrea. (226068)

In 2007 we approved three export licence applications which covered components for cryptographic equipment and civil body armour for humanitarian purposes.

All licences are assessed on a case by case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Export Licensing Criteria. This takes into account, inter alia, respect for human rights and the preservation of regional peace, security and stability. If there is a clear risk that the equipment will be used in a manner inconsistent with the criteria, a licence will not be approved. In the light of this we do not see the need for a comprehensive arms embargo against Eritrea.

Further details on the UK's arms export licensing policy are available at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/europeantrade/strategic-export-control/legislation/index.html