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Thursday, 02 February 2023 03:10 GMT

Switzerland decides to provide Ukraine with arms


(MENAFN) The security policy committee of the Berne parliament voted in favor of allowing other nations to send weapons developed in Switzerland to Ukraine on Tuesday. Current Swiss law forbids such shipments to nations engaged in international hostilities.
A resolution to modify the War Materiel Act to remove the requirement that European Union nations who want to provide Kiev with weapons declare their intent to refrain from reexport was passed by the committee with 14 votes in favor and 11 votes against. According to a statement from the committee, the proposal suggests suspending the requirement "in cases where there is a violation of the international ban on resorting to force, and specifically in the case of the Russian-Ukrainian war."
According to the statement, “a majority of the commission deemed that Switzerland should contribute to European security, which goes through more significant assistance to Ukraine.”
One of the suggestions called for rescinding the non-reexport declaration in situations when the United Nation General Assembly determined by a vote of two-thirds that an unlawful use of force had taken place. According to AFP, the other proposal, which ultimately passed, called for an emergency law that would nullify the need expressly for Ukraine in the face of the ongoing conflict with Russia.

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