Thursday, July 12, 2012

British firms sold £2m of arms to Argentina in last two years despite mounting tension over Falklands

Britain has sold £2.3million of military equipment to Argentina in the last two years despite mounting tensions over the sovereignty of the Falklands.

Ministers approved the export of components for helicopters, warships, aircraft and radars as well as communications equipment and shotguns.

The consignments were sent to Buenos Aires as Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ratcheted up demands for Britain to hand over the islands.

Figures published in a report by MPs reveal at least £700,000 of arms were sold between October and December last year as the 30th anniversary of the conflict approached. The companies are not named in the report. Read More