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NEWS from the Green Party Date: 10 February 1998 IMMEDIATE Greens condemn Government's determination to incite war with Iraq and hollow pretence at seeking a diplomatic solution The Green Party broke the political consensus today. The Executive unequivocally condemned the government's dangerous and foolhardy handling of the Iraqi crisis, making the Green Party the only national party opposed to government policy. Even while countries like France and Russia are sending officials to Bagdad to seek a diplomatic solution, the British Government's position is to refuse any dialogue with Iraq, declaring that there is nothing to negotiate, and that the only options are an unconditional climbdown by Saddam, or military action. Whilst insisting that it is seeking a peaceful solution, the Government is actively preparing itself, and the public, for war. Along with the US, it is apparently attempting to incite conflict by issuing a continuous stream of invective against Iraq, building up military forces in the region, whilst flatly refusing to send anyone to Bagdad to talk. Whilst holding the presidency of the European Union, it is appalling that Britain is siding with America rather than representing the wishes of its 14 European partners, who oppose the warmongering stance of the former. Military action against Iraq will be disastrous for everybody, except, possibly, Saddam Hussein. It will inflict further suffering on the already devastated people of Iraq, and create serious international tensions, between Arab states and the West, and between the US/Britain and Europe, Russia & most of the rest of the world. Green Party Principal Speaker Mike Woodin said: "Blair and Clinton are playing into Saddam's hands. The dictator will be relishing the divisions that this crisis is creating, and a military strike against him could actually result in strengthening his position. The 'nothing to negotiate' position will inevitably lead to war, like cornering a rat. Of course we wish to see Iraq stripped of all biological, chemical and nuclear capabilities. (Likewise every other nation on earth). But it's also time the widespread deprivation and squalor in Iraq caused by the sanctions ended. And therein lies the basis for a peaceful settlement." Further Peter Barnett - Press Officer Tel/fax 01252 330506 information Mike Woodin - Principal Speaker Tel 01865 271334/248073 Fax 01865 310447 Mobile 07050 116865 E-Mail <email@example.com> -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html