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Fighter jet-applicant manufactures banned weapons

The air force is testing from April to June, five of the most advanced fighter jets in the world. One of them is the stealth fighter Jet F-35A from Lockheed Martin. Politicians want the manufacturer according to the "Central Switzerland on Sunday" out of the race to the arms deal with Switzerland only because he produced banned weapons.

according to The report, the U.S. is list armour group in large public investors in Switzerland to the Exclusion. So all the members of the Swiss Association for responsible investments (SVVK) hold no shares in Lockheed Martin – because of "production, distribution and storage of banned weapons". The company of cluster munitions and anti-personnel mines produce and handle.

"A moral-ethical Problem"

For the SP national councillor from Zurich Priska Seiler count Lockheed Martin "under these circumstances, it is no longer an Option". Switzerland would also put your reputation at risk, says the newspaper.

Even more words of green party leader Balthasar Glättli: "even If the national Bank ( ... ), because a red line was exceeded, would be in the case of defence procurement, an even harder Regime than the investment." He refers to the fact that the Swiss national Bank 2015 sold her 113,9 million shares of Lockheed Martin.

The green-liberal Aargauer national Council Beat Flat the "Central Switzerland said on Sunday", he got Problem with regard to the inhuman fields of business a "morally-ethical". And the Vice-President of the Security Commission (SiK) of the national Council, Ida Glanzmann, raises the question of whether the then-VBS-in-chief, Guy Parmelin was the disputed transactions be aware of.

"Switzerland is aware of the problem"

Josef Dittli, President of the SiK and of the Council of States, that man must distinguish between financial investments and defence procurement. For SVVK recommendation he had understanding. "We want to appeal to those pilots who would benefit most."

Switzerland is aware of the problem concerning the scattering of mines "absolutely aware," said a VBS spokesperson Renato Kalbermatten of the newspaper. "But it would lead too far, to the fighter jet providers here requirements."

in 1998 Switzerland ratified an agreement for a ban of anti-personnel mines and, in 2012, of cluster munitions. The Swiss army disposed of until the end of 2018, your last stocks. The F-35 Lightning II is considered the most modern and most expensive of the five fighter-candidate.

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Created: 31.03.2019, 10:26 PM

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