Germany's arms exports fall sharply in 2004

25th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2006, BERLIN - German arms exports declined sharply in 2004 with most sales going to NATO or European Union countries, the government said Wednesday in a report.

25 January 2006

BERLIN - German arms exports declined sharply in 2004 with most sales going to NATO or European Union countries, the government said Wednesday in a report.

Germany sold arms worth 3.8 billion euros (4.7 billion dollars) in 2004 - down from about 4.9 billion euros worth of sales in 2003, said the annual arms exports report which was approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet.

The biggest arms market in 2004 was the U.S. which bought 487 million euros worth of German military equipment, followed by the Netherlands with 448 million euros and Italy with 352 million euros, the report said.

Arms exports were blocked by the government in 66 cases, the report said.

Among countries to which the German government barred sales in 2004 were Israel, Iran, China, Taiwan, India, Egypt, Afghanistan, Estonia, Georgia, Kenya, Oman, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Berlin in the past has supplied Israel with major weapons systems including submarines.

The report did not reveal which weapons or equipment had been involved in the banned sales.

Some 72 per cent of all approved sales went to NATO and EU states or countries classified by Berlin as NATO equals such as Australia and New Zealand.

DPA

Subject: German news

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