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The motions here are a resolution passed by the Federal Executive of the Liberal Democrats and a motion proposed in the European Parliament by ELDR This big question currently is what happens if there is an "Adlai Stevenson moment" European Parliament Motion (I don't know if this has passed or not) Brussels, 28 January 2003 Motion for resolution in accordance with article 37(2) of the Rules of Procedure On Iraq Tabled by Graham Watson, Cecilia Malmstrm, Emma Nicholson, Jean-Thomas Nordmann and Paavo Vyrynen On behalf of the ELDR Group THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - Having regard to the UN Security Council resolution 1441 adopted on 8 November 2002 (S/REs/1441 (2002)); - Having regard to its report on the situation in Iraq eleven years after the Gulf war adopted on 16 May 2002 (A5-157/2002); - Having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Iraq (13 April, 6 July & 7 September 2000); A. Recognising that Iraq continues to pose a threat to regional stability and world security, in particular through the reconstitution of prohibited programmes for the development of weapons of mass destruction which could be used for terrorist purposes; B. Whereas the Iraqi government has continued throughout the last decade, to increase its regime of terror that reaches into all levels of society and to commit gross and massive human rights violations including an active policy of persecution of the Kurdish, Turcoman and Assyrian population in the North and of the Shia in the South; C. Whereas the UN Security Council has decided on 8 November 2002 to set up an enhanced inspection regime with the aim of bringing to full and verified completion the disarmament process establish in 1991 by the Security Council (UNSCR 687 - 1991); 1. Fully supports the work of Mr Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), Mr El Baradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and their team of inspectors in charge of the UN enhanced inspector regime as stipulated in UNSCR 1441; 2. Believes that breaches of UNSCR 1441 identified by the inspectors with regard to weapons of mass destruction do not currently justify military action and considers that any further steps must be taken by the Security Council after a full assessment of the situation; 3. Strongly believes that there is a need for continuing inspections in order to evaluate the extent of Iraq's breach of its obligations; 4. Calls on the Iraqi Government to comply with the UN Security Council resolution and allow UNMOVIC inspection unconditionally and with unimpeded access; 5. Urges the Council and the Member States to take the initiative to propose that the International Criminal Court investigate the responsibility of the Iraqi leader's regime in genocide against the marsh Arabs and other crimes of war and crimes against humanity; 6. Urges also the Council and the Member States to take all the necessary measures to bring those officials of the Iraqi rgime responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law carried out within Iraq territories and beyond before an ad hoc international tribunal for Iraq; such a tribunal to be established either by United Nations Security Council Resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter or pursuant to treaty by the concerned and injured states; 7. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission to the Security General of the UN, the President in office of the UN Security Council, the Chairman of the UNMOVIC, the Direction of the IAEA and the Iraqi Government. NEWS RELEASE Release: Immediate Berlin, 28 January 2003 Blix evidence "not yet proof beyond reasonable doubt" European Liberal Democrat leader Graham Watson MEP today described the report Hans Blix presented to the UN Security Council as damning on Iraq's lack of co-operation, but not yet conclusive in proving the case for war. In an address to the parliamentary group of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in the Bundestag, Mr Watson said: "The report presented by Hans Blix to the UN Security Council yesterday was damning but not yet conclusive. Saddam Hussein is required by UN resolution 1441 to provide the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Instead, we have seen only half-truths, prevarication and evasion." "Mr Blix has opened the case for the prosecution with powerful arguments, but the evidence he has presented does not yet provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt. However, Saddam Hussein clearly has a case to answer, and there is little time left before the court of the international community has to reach a verdict." Mr Blix will discuss his report with the European Parliament's political leaders this evening through a video-link, and Mr Watson will lead for the European Liberal Democrats in a European Parliament debate on Iraq tomorrow afternoon with EU High Representative Javier Solana. The following was passed by the Liberal Democrat Federal Executive on 22nd Feb The Executive: 1. Notes the ongoing Iraq crisis. 2. Supports the line being taken by the Parliamentary Party that there remains no compelling argument for military action to be taken against Iraq at the present time. 3. Praises the work of the Parliamentary team, in particular Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell, for their principled and determined stance on this issue which has caught the public mood. 4. Continues to support the policy adopted at Brighton Conference 2002, that the UK should participate in military action only as a last resort; if clear and uncontrovertible evidence emerges to show that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction and is likely to use them; after a full and intensive debate in Parliament; with an explicit mandate in the form of a UN resolution or in accordance with international law and; if designed as far as possible to avoid civilian casualties. 6. Therefore encourages Liberal Democrat members to voice their concerns about the Iraq situation, in particular by participating in the Stop the War demonstration on Saturday 15 February. 7. Calls on the Party to publicise this fact through the press, the party's email and internet facilities and Liberal Democrat News. 8. Requests that the Parliamentary Party send one of their number to speak at the post-demonstration rally on behalf of the Federal Party. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk