Germany: Pax Christi Germany says that arms exports to Saudi Arabia must stop


from Pax Christi Germany

2/4/19 -  In view of the expiration of the suspension of arms exports to Saudi Arabia, Christine Hoffmann, Pax Christi Germany's general secretary and spokeswoman for the campaign "Stops the arms trade! ", calls on the federal government for an extension of the blockage of arms exports:

"If the Federal Government takes its own political principles seriously, it must necessarily extend the ban on any war weapons and armaments exports to Saudi Arabia. If it does not, it violates its own 2000 Armaments Export Policy. European armaments co-operation should not be handled independently of these guidelines. The policy implies that the Federal Government will oppose export projects when it comes to exports to countries involved in armed conflict, unless there is a case under Article 51 of the UN Charter, or where there is an outbreak of armed conflict. If the Federal Government were to bow to pressure from France and the United Kingdom and grant new delivery permits, this would amount to an announcement that its political principles would be considerably relaxed rather than sharpened. It would be a conscious decision against a restrictive arms export policy. It is now necessary to extend the suspension of deliveries. It is ethically incomprehensible that Germany has stopped arms deals with Saudi Arabia only because of the Kashoggi case. This would have been necessary at the latest with the beginning of the Yemen War. Abandoning permits for all countries participating in the Yemeni war would be consistent and overdue."...

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