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Sweden ends arms sales to two Mideast states

AFP/The Local · 10 Mar 2011, 08:52

Published: 10 Mar 2011 08:52 GMT+01:00

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"We have withdrawn licences (for weapons exports) to two countries ... due

to the situation in the region," Andreas Ekman Duse, the head of the Swedish

Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (ISP), told AFP.

"We cannot say which countries, due to commercial and diplomatic classified information," he said.

His agency, which controls Sweden's exports of military equipment, would closely watch the situation, and the licences could be restored "if the development in these countries goes in a democratic direction," he said, adding "when that will happen I cannot say."

The Local reported on Wednesday that ISP had meanwhile also announced on Wednesday that Sweden last year saw its military equipment exports rise one percent to 13.7 billion kronor ($2.15 billion).

Around 70 percent of that went to the European Union, the United States and

South Africa, with the number boosted by a larger order of 90 tanks to the Netherlands and Sweden's ongoing deliveries of JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets to

South Africa.

Another 20-some countries accounted for the remainder of exports, and the Scandinavian country for instance raked in 804 million kronor from weapons

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sales to the United Arab Emirates and 246 million kronor from sales to Saudi

Arabia, ISP said in a statement.

Sweden is the 11th largest arms exporter, according to figures for 2009 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:37 March 10, 2011 by radomu
Ah, god bless.
08:41 March 10, 2011 by glamshek
Can it also send a signal to US and UK to follow the suit ? Well they are the biggest problem creators. Its non sense to even think this way !
09:04 March 10, 2011 by wenddiver
That's a shame, because when you have a war is when you need a really good Arms Dealer.
10:15 March 10, 2011 by Gletta
Bad news we need all the money we can get to support refugees from wars
11:38 March 10, 2011 by The Sentinel
Being a Neutral country is a good move.

Looks as if Sweden remembers mistakes they made back in the 30's with a local neighboring country by suppling their armies with munitions.
12:21 March 10, 2011 by Nemesis
We should be exporting as much as possible.

They will just buy there weapons of the US, Brazil, China or someone else.

We need more jobs in Europe. These exports can help.
13:05 March 10, 2011 by Elias06
the two countries ar Lybia and ALGERIA
08:30 March 11, 2011 by rise
@ The Sentinel

Did you mean the ore for Germany or the Bofors 40mm Guns for England or maybe some other guns for the allies? ;-) Sweden was pleasing both sides and now look what we get for it. :-P But if the Germans would have won they would've given us a bad time as well, because of those guns, just like Swedes now are given a bad time about the ore and the trains etc, from the allied side. But guess what - no one in Sweden cares about your moaning about it.
19:12 March 12, 2011 by wenddiver
That's got to be realy disappointing, just when you realy get your enemies heads and arms flying through the air some idiot cuts your ammo supply. They should sue.
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