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Parliamentary questions
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15 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005252-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Pascal Durand (Verts/ALE) , Yannick Jadot (Verts/ALE) , Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — French arms exports to Saudi Arabia
 Answer in writing 

While the Saudi-led coalition has committed numerous, extensively documented violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, France remains one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest arms suppliers — in clear contradiction with its international obligations, including Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP and the UN Arms Trade Treaty.

Two recent NGO-commissioned legal studies demonstrate signs of the presence of French military equipment currently in use by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and assert that France risks being complicit in grave violations, including war crimes.

Does the VP/HR agree that, in light of the numerous violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition, France must stop selling and delivering arms to Saudi Arabia?

Is the VP/HR aware that the use of French weapons in Yemen could make France complicit in these violations, and is she considering increasing the pressure on France, with a view to the imposition of an arms embargo, as recommended by the European Parliament on two occasions?

Will the VP/HR launch a process in the context of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) which would lead to an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia and members of the coalition?

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