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Sarkozy welcomes arms deal inquiry

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Sarkozy welcomes arms deal inquiry


The French government has backed the creation of a parliamentary inquiry into an arms deal with Libya announced just days after Tripoli freed six jailed medics. The opposition Socialists called for the probe to establish whether the missiles sale was linked to the release. Socialist leader Francois Hollande said: “If there is nothing to hide, then let’s do things openly. As this inquiry will include all political parties, no information will be withheld and suspicion will be – I hope – removed. One question remains,” he adds, “should we be supplying the regime of Colonel Gaddafi with arms?” Early on Friday, the European aerospace and defence group EADS confirmed claims by Libya it was to buy some 168 million euros worth of anti-tank missiles. A deal which had already been agreed under the old government, according to French Defence minister Herve Morin: “I want to remind you that the Russians have sold missiles to Libya, the Italians have sold weapons to Libya, and that the British have a signed a co-operation deal.” Any arms deal with Libya would be the first since a 10-year UN embargo was lifted in 2003.

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