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Burma: Arms Trade

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Gethins Stephen Gethins Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Affairs and Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with members of the UN Security Council on support for a UN-mandated arms embargo against Burma.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

In the preparation for the UN Security Council Presidential Statement on Burma that the UK proposed and secured on 6 November, we assessed there was insufficient support amongst UN Security Council members for a resolution mandating a global arms embargo on Burma. This remains our assessment; naturally we shall continue to keep this under review.

The UK continues to support the EU's retention of its arms embargo, which prohibits the supply of equipment or the provision of any training that might strengthen the Burmese military's combat capability. Earlier this year the UK argued successfully for the continuation of the EU Arms Embargo for Burma and will continue to do so.

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