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Arms export critics to dictate the terms and conditions

The Federal Council does have a hard time with the so-called correction initiative. The people's desire of a broad group, from the group for a Switzerland without an army (GSoA) to the civil BDP , to today's more restrictions on war material exports.

last week, a Federal Council majority, economy Minister, Guy Parmelin (SVP) commissioned, against his will, a counter-proposal. This, this newspaper reported, based on reliable sources. Parmelin yourself wanted to recommend the correction of the initiative for the rejection and a counter-proposal, to refuse delivery, but at its Federal Council colleagues.

the Federal Council to examine a counter-proposal to the Initiative, opposed by the initiators on open ears. In an opinion for the attention of this newspaper, the "Alliance against arms exports in the civil war countries welcomed" the Plan, the goal of the correction of the initiative by Parliament to enforce. In the opinion, the Alliance represents a withdrawal of its Initiative in view – if an indirect counter-proposal at the legislative level, or a counter-proposal on the constitutional level certain conditions are met.

withdraw To their own Initiative in favor of a counter-proposal, would now be the existing possibilities for circumvention, however, is clear deleted holds the Alliance in its comments. Accordingly, exports of war be first ban material in those countries, without exception, violating in a systematic and serious human rights. Secondly, the Export of war is to be pushed material to civil war countries, or to non-democratic countries involved in wars, definitely a bar.

The GSoA is "fundamentally opposed to all arms exports."

it is Noteworthy that the correction of initiative on arms exports does not want to prohibit generally. With the Initiative of arms exports would be even in time of war, the leading countries – namely, if it is, those countries are democratic countries that have an export control regime that is similar to that of Switzerland comparable.

in Particular, for the co-founder of the GSoA, the Correction is a compromise, like GSoA Secretary Lewin, Lempert says. The GSoA was "in principle against all arms exports, even to countries such as the USA or France. Because these countries are in the world involved in wars." With the Initiative, it is now about preventing the worst excesses of the Swiss weapons exports. This can only stop if the GSoA with other political Camps to work together.

With the Initiative's arms exports were even in the war-leading countries: an employee of A Swiss arms company processed a tank pipe. Photo: Peter Schneider (Keystone)

At the other end of the political spectrum within the initiative Committee of the national Council and BDP-President Martin Landolt criticized: "Today, the Federal Council can change the rules of the game. Add to that the fact that the entire Federal Council must, in effect, decide only then if economic and the Department of the exterior do not agree." Due to the political sensitivity of this issue needs to be noted, therefore, that the present handling of arms exports is lacking a democratic broad-based legitimacy.

"credible rules of the game"

question: this is Justified to place itself as a civil party with the GSoA to bed? Landolt says the exact opposite to be the case. After the BDP have asked for a vote in the Parliament against the easing of arms exports resisted, and a shift of competences to the Federal Assembly, had they been of the GSoA and other partners contacted. "Now, if the GSoA is not for complete abolition, but to think the game more in favour of rules, then it has moved in the direction of the BDP and not Vice versa."

in Addition, Landolt argues that the Alliance does not require any new rules on arms exports, and history. Rather, we ask only that Switzerland is one of those criteria come back, which would have applied to 2014. Unlike in the past, to set the Bundesrat, the criteria at the regulation level. By the main criteria would be regulated in the law, could have a say, the Parliament in the future.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis neutrality is maintained."Dante Alighieri quotes from Beat Flat (GLP)

part of the Alliance, which welcomes a counter-proposal of the Federal Council, the green liberals. Politicians are Beat Flat, the Aargauer national Council, responds to the question of why his party is in the Alliance, with a quote from Dante Alighieri: "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis neutrality is maintained." His basic value attitudes cannot therefore agree that the Swiss arms industry and wars directly from citizens and human rights violations financially benefit. It was also incompatible with the humanitarian Tradition of Switzerland.

The counter-proposal to the correction of the initiative this year in the Department of Economic Affairs of the SVP Federal councillor Guy Parmelin be done formulated. Before Christmas, the Federal Council will discuss it.

Created: 01.11.2019, 19:45 PM

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