European parliament calls for immediate Saudi arms embargo
A project resolution prepared by members of the European Parliament calling on EU countries to impose an immediate ban on arms supplied to the Saudi regime and extend it to all countries participating in the military aggression against Yemen.
Iran Press/Middle East: The project resolution contains a proposal to develop a future mechanism to apply sanctions to EU member states that are not committed to a common position on arms exports, Almasirah reported.
The foreign affairs committee of parliament approved a draft resolution on arms exports and presented it this week for discussion at the Strasbourg plenary, the media reported.
The committee of parliament approved a draft resolution on arms exports and presented it this week for discussion at the Strasbourg plenary, the media reported.
"The European Parliament considers that arms exports to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other members of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen do not meet the criterion, because of the involvement of these countries in serious violations of humanitarian law, as defined by United Nations bodies," the report stated.
The document added that "it reiterates its call for the urgent need to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, and calls on the High Representative for Foreign Policy, Defense and Council to extend this ban to all other members of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen."
A sources pointed out that the authors of the draft resolution see "the need to launch a process leading to a mechanism of sanctions on member States that do not comply with the common position."
The source expressed regret that some members of the European Union have not taken into account the behaviour of the intended countries nor the end use of exported arms and ammunition, which could undermine the European system of full control over weapons.
The European Parliament had previously approved a separate resolution calling on the Council of the European Union to develop a common position to impose an arms embargo on the Saudi regime as well as sanctions against it.
Last month, The Saudi air raid hit the school bus as it drove through a market in the town of Dhahyan, killing a total of 51 people, among them 40 children, and injuring 79 others, mostly kids. The kids reportedly had been on a much-anticipated field trip marking their graduation from summer school.
Saudi Arabia, with the support of the United States, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries, has engaged in military aggression against Yemen and ground sieges, naval and air strikes since March 2015.
Nearly 14,000 Yemenis, including 5,000 women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign since March 2015.