(16.4.2018) MPs should not vote on strikes as they can’t be given sensitive intelligence, cabinet minister says
Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.
Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.
The leader of the British opposition said the UK prime minister must be „accountable to Parliament, not to the whims of a US president.”
The need to restart genuine negotiations for peace and an inclusive political settlement of the Syrian conflict, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces, could not be more urgent. We must do everything we can, no matter how challenging, to bring that about.
„More bombing, more killing, more war will not save life“ says Jeremy Corbyn ahead of Theresa May consulting her Cabinet over possible strike on Syria.