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Explosion in Norwegian arms trade. Country could end up with blood on its hands, believes head of church organisation. The good times are rolling for the Norwegian arms industry. 3.1 billion kroner’s worth of weapons were sold last year. Norway’s biggest customer has been the US, and sales have increased 20 times since America went to war in 2001, according to the news magazine Ny Tid.

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Explosion in Norwegian arms trade

Published on Friday, 5th February, 2010 at 09:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th February 2010 at 12:19.

Country could end up with blood on its hands, believes head of church organisation.

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“Problematic”

The good times are rolling for the Norwegian arms industry. 3.1 billion kroner’s worth of weapons were sold last year.

Norway’s biggest customer has been the US, and sales have increased 20 times since America went to war in 2001, according to the news magazine Ny Tid.

“This weakens Norway’s role as a peace nation. It’s problematic that Norway sells so many weapons to the US, and there’s no doubt that Norwegian-made weapons are used in combat,” Ida Thomassen, head of the youth organisation Changemaker, in Norwegian Church Aid (Kirkens Nødhjelp) tells NRK.

Rules

Gry Larsen, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreigner Affairs disagrees.

“We’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, and have nothing to hide. It isn’t a problem, as long as there are strict rules,” she says.

Selling arms to countries at war is against Norwegian regulations. But selling to third parties requires no guarantee when they’ve been bought by Norway’s NATO allies; including the US.

This could mean Norway ends up with blood on its hands, according to Thomassen.

“Norway is one of the world’s largest arms exporters, and has no control where they’ll end up,” Thomassen says.




Published on Friday, 5th February, 2010 at 09:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th February 2010 at 12:19.

This post has the following tags: norway, arms, trade, sell, nato, allies, usa, america, us, rules, peace.





  
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