The letter is timed to coincide with the latest Security Council Resolution being voted on at the UN to impose sanctions on Iran despite the most recent CIA report which finds no evidence of a nuclear weapons programme in Iran.
The UN resolution imposing sanctions on Iran would in due course be used to justify a military attack against Iran by the US. In fact, both the US and UK governments are now reported by the Washington Post to be moving additional warships and strike aircraft into the Persian Gulf region to threaten Iran.
Kofi Annan also warned on Tuesday that a military intervention against Iran would be “unwise and disastrous” and called for a negotiated settlement.
The letter will also have been received by all ministers likely to be in a future Labour cabinet when Tony Blair steps down in the New Year. The letter comes in the wake of the Prime Minister’s call this week for a worldwide “alliance” against Iran and uses the recent Republican defeat in the US mid-term elections and the consequent resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, to highlight the likely electoral fall out of Tony Blair’s continued aggressive foreign policy, particularly with regard to Iran.
The letter urges these politicians to “look within themselves” and take a principled stand and break with the current confrontational policy on Iran and join the overwhelming majority of the international community who demand the US to enter into immediate and unconditional negotiations with Iran. The letter, drafted by Campaign Iran, and signed by leading academic, scientific and political figures will be handed into the Chancellors’ residence by a high level delegation.
Professor Abbas Edalat of Campaign Iran said today: “It is widely known within the Westminster village that a number of leading labour politicians are deeply uncomfortable with the aggressive position that Tony Blair has adopted towards Iran. We are asking them to make their private reservations public. Tony Blair is no longer worried about re-election. He is preparing to slide back down the greasy pole but unless they are careful, Gordon Brown and his aspirant colleagues will get swept down with him. Politicians often find their principles overridden by their instinct for self-preservation. The current situation requires no such conflict. By challenging Blair and Bush’s push for military action against Iran, they take a position which is both politically expedient and morally correct.”
Professor Edalat added: “There has been no let-up in the incendiary accusations and threatening language directed towards Iran from the administrations of the US, UK and Israel. Indeed, despite the latest CIA report asserting that there is no evidence for a nuclear weapons programme in Iran, there is no indication that the so-called hawks have had their wings clipped by the American election results nor by the ongoing humanitarian crisis unfolding in Iraq. We call on all members of the cabinet and in particular on Gordon Brown and his colleagues who harbour ambitions of high office to make their private reservations public and join Campaign Iran in working towards a more peaceful future by demanding that the US enter into unconditional negotiations with Iran.”
Delegation to No.10 and No. 11 Downing Street Friday 22nd December 12:30 pm Will include: Jeremy Corbyn MP, George Galloway MP, Professor Abbas Edalat and a number of distinguished academics and writers.