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Argentina still owes debts to the UK government, following arms sales to the Argentine junta in the years leading up to the Falklands War.
After July 2012, arms used to commit atrocities and serious crimes may become harder to buy, and harder to sell internationally.
The Jubilee Debt Campaign (www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk/), to which Ekklesia is pleased to be affiliated, has done a fine job exposing the UK government's dodgy dealings with the former dictatorial regime in Egypt. The latest expose can be read here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15629
The Department for Business is still demanding money from the Egyptian government to pay for loans made to ex-dictator Mubarak to allow him to buy arms.
MPs from the six main parties in parliament are calling for an end to the sale of weapons and military equipment to all authoritarian regimes.
Campaigners have called on governments meeting at the United Nations to ensure no weapons or munitions are sold to human rights abusers.
South African and Swedish church leaders have reiterated grave concerns that a 10-year-old arms deal that involved Sweden with South Africa threatens the fledgling African democracy.
African religious leaders have called on their governments to back calls for a strong, comprehensive treaty against arms trading, with funds redirected to development.
News that the UK government has licensed multi-million pound arms deals with the Sri Lankan government has triggered outrage amongst campaigners and MPs, and raises the need for sea-change in public policy on the arms trade.