weapons exports

Democracy no requirement for arms purchasers

Parliament will not make democracy an absolute requirement for nations looking to buy Swedish weapons, according to proposed legislation slated to be moved out of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

Arms exports have been in focus in recent months on reports that Swedish war materiel has been used on both sides in uprisings across the Middle East. Peace and disarmament groups are demanding a complete halt to weapons sales to dictatorships, but the proposed new law will apparently only require that the issue is soon re-visited.

Recipients of Swedish weapons exports currently include Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, nations considered not adequately democratic by critics.