Yemen: Cluster Munitions

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:35 pm on 24th May 2016.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle 12:35 pm, 24th May 2016

Once again, we have Ministers prepared to present the Saudi wolf in a sheepdog’s clothing. Today, we have been given a pub crawl of excusery. We have been told that the weapons were old or that there was no evidence of any cluster munitions having been used by the Saudi-led coalition. Then we were told that there was no evidence they were British manufactured. Then the Minister told us that he was concerned and that he would try to get evidence. Rather than just asking the Saudis what they have done, will the Government contact the Yemen Executive Mine Action Centre, which actually recovered the material we are talking about and has it in a de-mining depot, and look at the same evidence that Amnesty International has examined?