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> > News from the GREEN PARTY > > > Cherie's law firm to tell Tony: Iraq attack would be illegal > > > A leading QC from Matrix Chambers - Cherie Blair's law firm - will assert > this week that the proposed second UN resolution on Iraq would NOT authorise > the use of force. > > > Following a meeting at Matrix Chambers with representatives of the Green > Party, CND, Greenpeace and the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, the top > lawyer has prepared a detailed legal opinion that the resolution will NOT > provide legal grounds for an attack on Iraq. The opinion will be ready at > 10.30 today. > > Green Party spokeserson Penny Kemp commented today: "This could unhinge Tony > Blair's attempts to take Britain to war." > > Penny Kemp continued: "The Green Party has consistently said that an immoral > war, in which the chief victims would be civilians (1), could not be made > moral merely by a resolution of the UN Security Council. The US can get its > own way in the Security Council through bullying and bribery. It's much > harder for them to persuade the General Assembly to do their bidding." > > She added: "UK opinion polls have shown a strong trend away from support > from the war. Now it will be even harder to argue that a war could be > legitimised by the much-vaunted "second resolution" (2). Following top legal > opinion that the new resolution would not in fact authorise a war, more > people are likely to join the swelling ranks of those entirely opposed to an > attack (3)." > > *****++++++***** > > Notes to editors: > 1. See Secret UN document reveals war could kill ONE MILLION Iraqi children, > 17.2.03 > 2. See a MORI poll reported on 21.1.03 in which 61% said they would support > Britain joining an American-led military action against Iraq with UN > approval - but this was down from 71% in September. And this was before > Fenruary's massive peace demonstration. > 3. In the above poll, 77% said they would oppose such action if it did not > have UN approval - up from 70% in September. > > > > > Matthew LJ Wootton > > Media and Communications > Wales Green Party Plaid Werdd Cymru > > 07866 704 601 > 01443 836 594 > > Media@WalesGreenParty.org.uk > > 44 Usk Rd > Bargoed > Mid Glams. > CF81 8RL > > www.PlaidWerddCymru.org.uk > www.WalesGreenParty.org.uk > www.YoungGreens.org.uk > www.GreenParty.org.uk > > > > > > sign the pledge of resistance to the "war on terrorism" www.j-n-v.org _______________________________________________ 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