An article published by “The Guardian” for an academic lecture at the University of Sussex, Anna Stavrianakis, discussing the role of British weapons in the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, confirming that there is no peace in Yemen without stopping the supply of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition.
Strangely enough, the letter never mentions the disturbing truth, the fact that the arms exported from Britain to the Saudi-led coalition, which played a key role in the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, Stavrianakis said in a commentary on a Foreign Secretary Hunt letter.
The British parliamentary group involved in the Yemeni issue sent a letter to the Foreign Minister Hunt thanked him for his role in the implementation of the first step of the Stockholm agreement by those described by the Houthis.
“The effort to balance weapons on one hand, and diplomacy with humanitarian aid on the other, is simply unacceptable. No amount of funding can be compensated for a military strategy based on harming civilians physically, economically and psychologically,” the author adds.
“When former defense attaches and an anti-arms trade campaign group are making the same call, you’d think the government might stop and listen. Nonetheless, the government continues to mobilize ambiguity and doubt about what is happening in Yemen in order to argue that the risks associated with weapons sales are not “clear” – and hence that there is no reason to suspend them,” Stavrianakis said.
In the opinion of the writer that if the parliamentary group on the Yemeni issue wants to encourage Jeremy Hunt to use all tools available to end the conflict, it should include suspension of the sale of arms to the coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
Stavrianakis notes that a report published by the same parliamentary group exactly a year ago concluded that the United Kingdom, based on existing evidence, should stop selling arms to parties accused of violating international law.