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FE RESOLUTION AGREED AT THE FE MEETING HELD MONDAY 24 MARCH 2003 The Federal Executive: 1. Welcomes the decision by Conference, passed on an overwhelming basis, to agree the Emergency Motion on Iraq. 2. Notes with approval that the Parliamentary Party remained united in the votes opposing war on the evidence then available on Tuesday 18 March. 3. Acknowledges that while questions about the legality and rationale for the war remain, and will undoubtedly be returned to at the end of hostilities, Liberal Democrat spokespeople should concentrate on continuing to raise pertinent questions about the way in which the war is conducted. 4. Calls on the Parliamentary spokespeople to continue to press the Government to give a high priority to the effort to prevent a short term humanitarian disaster and to rebuild the lives of the citizens of Iraq; to ensure that the reconstruction of political, economic and social structures should be under the auspices of the UN; and to move forward on the road map for peace in Israel/Palestine. 5. Recalls that both in the Conference motion and in Parliament, we have expressed our strong support for our troops and our hope that the war will be concluded as quickly as possible and with the minimum casualties on both sides, including innocent Iraqi civilians. 6. In present circumstances, calls upon the Leader and his advisory group on Iraq to keep under review the issue of formal Party participation in war-related activities, while recognising the absolute right of individual party members to participate if they so choose. 7. Calls on the Parliamentary spokespeople to press the government to ensure that a comprehensive and long term system of monitoring the health and welfare of our forces in the theatre of war and their families is instituted and to take prompt and effective measures to remedy or minimise any emerging problems 8. Calls on the Party to continue to present the Liberal Democrat case, clearly stating our opposition to the initiation of this war, and our full support for the safety of our troops and Iraqi civilians as vigorously as possible and to update members via e-mail and other means on the policy approved by Conference, the Parliamentary Party and Federal Policy Committee that we are taking as the conflict develops and the strategic decisions approved by the Federal Executive. _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk