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Merkel’s proposal to transfer weapons as aid needs to be approached with caution

There are 100 million uncontrolled small arms and light weapons in African crisis zones. Reuters/Goran TomasevicGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel recently commented that large industrialised countries should be more open to transferring weapons as part of their development aid so that African countries can battle militant groups. This followed complaints from several African leaders, while discussing Germany’s “Compact with Africa”, that they were expected to combat militancy without receiving significant military aid from the West.

Merkel’s statement may sound surprising. In all fairness, however, her Compact with Africa – a flagship programme for boosting private investment in Africa – emphasises sustained and …read more

Source: The Conversation

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