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The Commonwealth: Tension rises over weaponry trade tariffs!

The unmoderated caucus has elapsed and the delegates have entered a moderated caucus:

‘MFN (most favourable nations) Relations’

The delegates are currently in discussion about MFN’s. A country is classified as ‘dependent on another country’ if they are receiving 20% or more exports from them. At this point, they become the Most Favourable Nation. Sierra Leone contests this view, protesting that you should not be able to obligate a nation to an agreement like this – not just on the fact you are trading at 20%, it should be an agreement made by the country itself.

The delegates have broken into a discussion of clause 6 of working paper 1.1: 

Clause 6 addresses the issue of tariffs placed on weapons and ammunition.

Singapore protests this clause, claiming that weapons are an essential part of the economy, and it wants to maintain a right to buy its weapons at a fair price.
Tanzania expresses it’s concern that it has suffered years of territorial disputes, and it believes that open trade deals of arms will cause more dispute, and should be avoided at all costs. New Zealand agrees that tariffs on arms and ammunition are essential for protection of the people. Furthermore, Australia is of the view that it is despicable to have duty free sales of guns and ammunition. The delegate believes that if we are trying to help LEDCs, we should not allow them to buy weapons tariff free.
Sierra Leone recognises the right of sovereign states to raise tariffs as they see fit. Imports of weaponry are required for countries who don’t have sufficient industries to produce themselves. It will result in a humanitarian crisis if a country can’t afford weapons to defend itself. Therefore, tariffs should be limited in order for sovereign states to defend themselves.
Singapore contests the tariffs. The delegate protests ‘don’t limit other countries to sell/buy weapons just because you don’t want to, it’s not your right to decide what other countries can and cannot do! *Delegate apologises for loud and aggressive expression*


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