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UK arms export supervisor slams NGOs on Yemen

CRITICISM:Lawmaker Graham Jones said that the NGOs’ reports about deaths from coalition airstrikes have been ‘grossly exaggerated’

The Guardian

In a separate e-mail exchange with a Jordanian-based group of reporters, Jones attributed the war in Yemen to Iran and not to the West. In a message turning down an interview request, he said: “The main problem is Iran to Yemen, not [the] West to Yemen, which is nothing more than a political agenda rather than factual presentation. Too many on this bandwagon.”

CAEC a merger of four select committees, has had a checkered history. During the last parliament there was no agreement on whether the government should ban British arms export-control licenses to Saudi Arabia.

More recently CAEC has focused on a sweeping review of the UK arms control regime, although it did also write to the Saudi Arabian embassy in London calling for an investigation into an airstrike on a market in August last year.

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