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Updated:  16/04/02




SCR 997 (9/6/95)


  • Affirmation that Rwanda arms embargo applies to the sale or supply to neighbouring states if the arms and related material are for use in Rwanda.

UK Legislation:

  • The United Nations Arms Embargoes (Dependent Territories) Order 1995 (SI 1995/1032) as amended by The United Nations Arms Embargoes (Dependent Territories) (Amendment) Order 1997 (SI 1997/272) and
  • The United Nations Arms Embargoes (Dependent Territories) (Amendment) (Sierra Leone) Order 1998 (SI 1998/1502).


States neighbouring Rwanda are Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).

Restrictions on the export of strategic goods

Policy restrictions:
The Government will not grant export licences for new military or dual use equipment for those countries intervening in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Angola, Burundi, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe) where there is a clear risk that it would be used in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Applications for Standard Individual Export Licences to provide spares for UK equipment already supplied under pre-existing contracts will be examined on a case by case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. In reaching decisions on such applications the Government will take into account the wider implications of forcing UK companies to break existing obligations.

With effect from:

Ministerial Statement

HC 184 & 185

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