David Cameron's 'arms sales trip to Asia' condemned by CAAT

By agency reporter
15 Apr 2012

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has condemned David Cameron's latest arms sales trip to Asia, especially his attempts to sell more weapons to Indonesia. The Prime inister's schedule included Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Burma. His entourage included executives from six arms companies, including BAE Systems and AgustaWestland.

Mr Cameron said the purpose of his Indonesia visit was primarily trade, including arms. In an interview with Kompas, a leading Indonesia newspaper, he stated: "Britain makes some of the best defence equipment in the world and it is right that it is available to Indonesia, under the very same criteria that we apply to all of our partners around the world. That is why some of our leading defence companies are with me on this visit."

Kaye Stearman, spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade, said: "Mr Cameron's arms sales trip to Indonesia is a sick joke, given Indonesia's use of Hawk jets to bomb civilians in East Timor and its continuing human rights abuses in West Papua and elsewhere.

"Indonesia already buys considerable amounts of arms from the UK, spending valuable resources that would be better used to support its people's welfare, and we certainly should not be pushing them to buy more and build up further arms-related debt."

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