The Movement for the Abolition of War
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2015
SAY NO TO UK BOMBING SYRIA, URGES MAW
The UK’s involvement in bombing Syria will be counterproductive, encourage recruitment of terrorists and increase the risk of further attacks on innocent civilians following the Paris atrocities, the Movement for the Abolition of War has warned.
It says the recent resolution passed by the United Nations (Resolution 2249) does not authorise military action.
MAW calls for talks to end the civil war in Syria and financial restrictions to stop financing of Isis/Isil by selling oil.
MAW urges people to contact their MP and ask them to vote against any new attempt to enter the US-led bombing campaign and to call for sanctions and talks instead.
Prime minister David Cameron hopes to push through support for a new UK bombing campaign in Syria but is facing scepticism from many MPs.
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said recently there should be no extension of British military action into Syria unless there is a “coherent international strategy that has a realistic chance of defeating Isil (Islamic State)”.
Currently only the US, France and Russia are bombing Syria after several other countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Morocco and Canada withdrew.
MAW chair Tim Devereux said: “We have no quarter with the vicious thugs who carry out murderous attacks such as we have seen in Paris.
“But bombing Syria will not help reduce the chances of more such atrocities in the future.
“It has been shown that years of bombing have not weakened groups like Isis but only served to strengthen them.
“The only sensible way forward is for all parties in the conflict to start talking and working out a solution that serves humanity rather than increasing the killing and mayhem.”
Mark Whitehead, MAW press officer, 0208 348 3103, 07906 720141, firstname.lastname@example.org
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