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Vol 50 No 23

Published 20th November 2009


The smugglers make their fortunes

The more embargoes and sanctions, the higher the rate of return for international arms dealers

Arms traders are getting around Europe's sanctions on Guinea and playing games with the embargo on Côte d'Ivoire, and Belgium sells weapons to Libya, hub of the arms business in Africa. On 27 October, just a month after Guinean soldiers massacred 160 demonstrators in Conakry (AC Vol 50 No 22), the European Union's ministers of foreign affairs imposed an embargo on sales of weapons to Guinea, and froze the assets and blocked the visas of members of its ruling Conseil National pour la Démocratie et le Développement (CNDD).

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