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Us Arms Sales To Greece And Turkey

Volume 570: debated on Thursday 7 March 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the provision of weapons by the United States to Greece and to Turkey over recent years has been within the parameters established in the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and whether these provisions have been fully transparent at both the United States end and at the recipients' end, as required by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty limits overall holdings of certain categories of conventional weapons within the area of application and provides for notification, information exchange and intrusive verification. Under paragraph 5(c) of OSCE's Principles Governing Conventional Arms Transfers, OSCE participating states are committed to exchanging information about national legislation and policies in the field of conventional arms transfers. All NATO countries are fully committed to meeting these provisions.