Wednesday, April 06, 2011

British arms exports under parliamentary fire

A parliamentary committee in Britain reportedly chided its successive governments for high -risk arms exports to the Middle East and North Africa, including Bahrain, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. It is unclear whether some of those arms are re-sold to other regions, or unwittingly passed into the hands of some 'non -state actors' under the fairly chaotic situations in the Middle East as well as North Africa. Last year , Britain itself announced a "deep cut" in defence budget as a result of the continuing financial crisis that also hits its royal purse.