The Netherlands is the world’s fifth largest exporter of arms, says a report published on Friday by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT).
CAAT says the Netherlands exports large quantities of arms to the regimes in Saudi-Arabia, Egypt, India, Oman and Pakistan, according to a report in the Volkskrant. In 2007 its most important markets were Denmark (€170m), America (€120m) and Oman (€100m).
The country is also an important centre in the transportation of arms from America to Iraq and Afghanistan with Schiphol airport being used for stopovers, says the report.
In November, CAAT said that 45% of the poison gas supplied to Saddam Hussein in the 1980s came from the Netherlands.
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