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Burma: Arms Trade

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 117622, tabled on 5 December 2017

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.

Answered on

11 December 2017

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.

‚ÄčThe 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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