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Government, opposition debate weapons export

Published tisdag 10 maj 2011 kl 09.58
"It was an eye-opnener"
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The government Alliance, led by the conservative Moderate Party, has started negotiations with the opposition Social Democrats about the rules for Swedish weapons exports.

The fact that Swedish weapons have been used by the regimes in both Libya and Bahrain to quell the uprisings has sparked a heated debate on whether or not Sweden should continue to sell weapons to undemocratic countries.

The current rules allow Sweden to sell weapons to undemocratic countries provided that they are considered stable. But critics say that this is not enough and that Sweden should only sell to established democracies.

Last yearm, Swedish companies exported weapons and defence materials at a value of more than $2 billion.

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