§ Lord Grenfell
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will continue to impose an arms embargo on Afghanistan in line with the EU's Common Position of 17 December 1996. [HL1104]
§ Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
We remain committed to the EU arms embargo against Afghanistan, which the UK interprets as covering all goods and technology entered on Part III to Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods Order 1994, as amended.
Following consultation with this department and the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Trade and Industry recently approved a licence for the export of mine clearance equipment for use by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan in its de-mining operations. The grant of this licence is for humanitarian purposes, and is consistent with the purpose of the embargo.