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Colombia

Swedish Weapons in FARC Hands

Published måndag 27 juli 2009 kl 10.34
Colombian soldiers in a FARC camp in July 2009.

Swedish-made anti-tank weapons have been found among FARC guerrillas in Colombia, reports Swedish Radio News. The weapons, made by Saab Bofors Dynamics, are popular among NATO and US forces.

But over a year ago, the Colombian army found the AT4 weapons in a FARC stockpile.

To sort out how they landed in the guerillas' hands, the Colombian government contacted Bofors, which traced the weapons to an order delivered to Venezuela in the 1980s.

According to Swedish Radio News, the Swedish government is very critical of the development. "Sweden is now working together with Colombia to investigate this further," said Jens Eriksson, who is Minister for Trade Ewa Björling's press secretary.

General Director Jan-Erik Lövgren of the Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products, the authority responsible for checking weapon exports, says that no weapons have been exported to Venezuela since 2006. The freeze, he says, could very well continue.

"We will weigh in this new information [about the Venezuelan-bought weapons in FARC hands] in any future decision to continue exports. We would then most likely say no."

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