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PM puts sales of arms before human rights

THERE is much in common between David Cameron's Sri Lanka visit and his Tahrir Square walkabout.

Shortly after leaving Sri Lanka, Cameron stopped in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he spoke before a selected audience at the BAE Systems stand at the Dubai Air Show. This was followed by a private dinner with Mohammed Bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The purpose of this stopover was to lobby for UAE to enter a billion-pound deal to buy a fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons.

The UAE was rated at 149 out of 167 on the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index 2012.

When it comes to the oil-rich Gulf states, the promotion of arms sales is seen as far more important than support for human rights.

KAYE STEARMAN

Campaign Against Arms Trade

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