30 November 2010
Prince Andrew must resign UKTI role immediately
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) condemns the reported remarks of Prince Andrew “slamming” the Serious Fraud Office investigation of arms giant BAE Systems. The comments, part of the WikilLeaks cache released on 29 November, were reported in a cable by the US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan following a " business brunch" two years ago.
Prince Andrew serves as a "Trade Ambassador" for UK Trade & Investment, which among other activities, is responsible for promoting British arms exports through its Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO).
Kaye Stearman of Campaign Against Arms Trade said:
It is wrong that UKTI is promoting weapons sales and wrong that Prince Andrew is seen to be supporting arms sales and accepting corruption.This report shows that the relationship seems to go even deeper, with Prince Andrew speaking out against a government agency attempting to investigate corruption and arms deals. He should resign from his UKTI role immediately.
For further information contact CAAT Media Co-ordinator Kaye Stearman email the press officer or ring 020 7281 0297 or 07990 673 232.
1. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) works for the reduction and ultimate abolition of the international arms trade together with progressive demilitarisation within arms producing countries. Around 80% of its income comes from individual supporters.
2. UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) is a taxpayer funded unit that helps arms companies sell weapons worldwide, including to repressive regimes, to countries in areas of conflict and to countries with major development needs.