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Tougher export rules for training aircraft

Switzerland is tightening export restrictions for training aircraft after one such plane was used in military operations in Chad.

The economics ministry said such sales would no longer be allowed to countries involved in international conflicts or civil war.

Under current Swiss legislation, exports of Swiss training aircraft to Chad are not illegal but they are subject to international controls, including embargos.

A Pilatus PC-9 aircraft was repeatedly fitted with arms and used for military purposes by the authorities in Chad, in violation of an agreement with the Swiss manufacturer.

The government is still to decide on whether to impose political or economic sanctions against Chad.

The foreign ministry has pledged to continue development aid cooperation with Chad, notably supporting Chad’s efforts to accommodate 250,000 refugees from the conflict in Darfur in neighbouring Sudan.

Last year, Chad received about SFr14million (13.8 million) in aid from the Swiss government.

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