UK "Aid" and Arms Sales
The National Audit Office in the UK finds a link between aid for Indonesia (paid for by the UK
tax payer) and arms sales to the undemocratic and brutal regime. The items sold include police installations and airports as well as military
infrastructure. The Minister for Overseas Development, Linda Chalker states
that the aid would be "helping the poor in Indonesia".
The countries receiving aid from the UK are not the poorest or neediest: Malaysia (far richer than
Bangladesh), Oman (an oil rich sultanate) and Ecuador (richer than many
countries in the Caribbean) all receive large amounts of aid. They are all also major buyers of UK arms.
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