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Meg Munn MP - Personal statement on Iraq

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

 

Statement on Iraq

It is likely that military action will shortly be taken to enforce the expressed will of the United Nations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. The failure of the UN Security Council to unite to enforce its will has made this almost inevitable. If this course of action does come about I will give it my support. It has been a hard decision for me to make. It would have been easy to duck the issue and to pretend that serious disarmament was happening in Iraq, it would not have been true.

UN resolution 1441 passed in November 2002 sought the disarmament of the Iraqi regime, the 17th in a series of UN resolutions. To leave such a brutal dictator in possession of these weapons would be disastrous for the future of the Iraqi people and Iraq’s neighbours. Saddam Hussein would not flinch in passing on these weapons to terrorist organizations if it suited his purpose.

Some people argue for more time, that the UN inspectors can succeed. It is not more time they need. They have been in Iraq since 1991 and the issues raised then remain unanswered - the report by Hans Blix dated 7th March 2003 illustrates the scale of non-compliance. Iraq must be disarmed of its weapons of mass destruction. If we do not do this what do we tell those who Saddam Hussein uses his weapons against in the future. The peoples of Iraq and the surrounding area have suffered enough.

 

Meg Munn MP

18th March 2003


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