Call To Put Hard Core Arms Dealers Out Of Business

Air cargo companies that have been delivering humanitarian aid and supporting peacekeeping operations have also been involved in delivering weapons to the same conflict zones.

That’s according to a new report published Tuesday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The report documents for the first time the full effects that air cargo companies have had in the various conflicts that have raged in parts of Africa and South America for the last two decades and identifies the full range of so called ”destabilising commodities” such as small arms, diamonds, cocaine, valuable minerals and metals that these companies move to outside buyers and to warzones themselves helping to stimulate and fuel these conflicts.

The Sipri report presents a range of options to tackle the problems including an enforcement of the EU’s existing air safety regulations.

”A co-ordinated response by the EU and the humanitarian aid community could require companies to choose between transporting arms or aid to conflict zones,” said Hugh Griffiths, co-author of the report.