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Myanmar: Arms Trade

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 94454, tabled on 16 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2021 to Question 87793, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the 119 signatories of the UN General Assembly Resolution are fulfilling their commitments.

Answered on

5 January 2022

The UK is a longstanding supporter of an arms embargo on Myanmar, and we have had a comprehensive arms embargo in place for many years. Since the coup, we have intensified efforts to stem the flow of weapons and dual-use goods reaching the military. The UK worked to secure the unprecedented UN General Assembly Resolution, signed up to by 119 countries, which committed to preventing the flow of arms to Myanmar. Since then we have been working with partners to ensure signatories follow up on their commitments, this includes raising the Resolution with ASEAN partners during the G7 meeting earlier this month. On 26 November, in coordination with partners, we released a further statement which committed to preventing the flow of arms, dual-use goods and technical assistance reaching the military. We also have extensive targeted sanctions on the military and its business interests, including on multiple institutions responsible for procuring weapons from abroad. The UK is currently funding open source evidence gathering to track countries that continue to sell arms to Myanmar, and will continue to work with partners to exert pressure on those responsible.

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