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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT URGES E.U. TO MAINTAIN ARMS SALES BAN ON CHINA

RIA Novosti

2005-04-14 11:58:20

    Paris, April 13 (CNA) The European Parliament passed a resolution Wednesday again insisting that the European Union arms sales embargo on China be maintained.

    The resolution, adopted by a vote of 363-92, with 39 abstentions, set out the E.P.'s views on the conclusions of the E.U. heads of state summit held in Brussels March 22-23.

    In the resolution, the E.P. urged the European Council -- the highest decision-making body of the E.U. -- and E.U. member states "to maintain the embargo on trade in arms with the People's Republic of China and not to weaken the existing national restrictions on such arms sales."

    The resolution also set the conditions for a lifting of the ban in the future. "The embargo should be maintained until such time as the E.U. has adopted a legally binding Code of Conduct on Arms Exports, and the People's Republic of China has taken concrete steps towards improving its human rights situation by ratifying the U.N. Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and by fully respecting the rights of minorities, " the resolution said.

    It further said that the E.U. should only lift the ban if Beijing demonstrates that any new anti-secession law is not aggressive towards the people of Taiwan.

    The European Parliament also expressed in the resolution its views on the various conclusions reached by the E.U. leaders at the summit, including those related to the Stability and Growth Pact regulating the Euro-zone's economic performance, the Lisbon Process dealing with the E.U.'s future development, and other international affairs related to Syria and Kyrghistan.

(By P.C. Tang and Y.S.Lo)

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