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2/21/07

Cross-party initiative to stop Iran attack launched

Source: Campaign Iran

 

A major new parliamentary initiative will be launched today aimed at galvanising opposition within the House of Commons against any form of military intervention against Iran. Following a meeting in Westminster, a cross-party delegation will deliver a copy of a statement which is being given to all MP's for signature, to No.10 and No.11 Downing Street.

 

Timed to coincide with the expiry of the UN's Resolution 1737 and coming in the wake of the BBC's revelations of America's plans to attack Iran, the initiative, organised by Campaign Iran, aims to make it clear to Tony Blair that any support for a pre-emptive strike on Iran would not have the support of the House or the country.

 

The statement highlights the assertion last week by the Democrat Party's in the US that President Bush lacks the authority to take military action against Iran without specific approval from Congress, and makes it clear that Tony Blair would have no authority to be involved in, or give any support to, an attack on Iran without the approval of Parliament.

 

Professor Abbas Edalat of Campaign Iran said today:

"Today the deadline for Iran's compliance with resolution 1737 has expired and it is possible that, in the near future, President Bush will order a strike on Iran claiming that it was ordered 'in support of the authority of the UN', thereby repeating one of the central justifications offered for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. We fear that Tony Blair will offer President Bush either material or logistical support for this pre-emptive attack. We believe that this issue transcends party politics and we call on all MP's of all political persuasions to sign this statement.  Any military attack on Iran would be illegitimate, immoral and counterproductive. We fear that if Members of Parliament fail to make their opposition clear now, they will not be forgiven by the electorate or by history."

 

Downing Street Delegation - 1.30pm Wednesday 21st February

 

For more information:

Contact: Professor Edalat - 0207 2292375
Contact: Stefan Simanowitz - 07799650791

 

Visit: www.campaigniran.org

 

 

Cross party statement by MP's

 

Following the assertion by the Democrat Party's in the US that President Bush lacks the authority to take military action against Iran without specific approval from Congress, we the undersigned would like to make it absolutely clear that Tony Blair has no authority to be involved in, or give any support to, an attack on Iran without the approval of Parliament.

On Wednesday the deadline for Iran's compliance with resolution 1737 expired and it is possible, once there has been an appropriate period of discussion, with Russia and China insisting that the resolution gives no authority for military action, that Bush will order a strike on Iran claiming that it was ordered 'in support of the authority of the UN', thereby repeating one of the justifications offered for the invasion of
Iraq in 2003.

We fear that Tony Blair will support President's Bush actions either by allowing the US to use British bases, equipment, airspace etc or even by sanctioning the involvement of British military forces. We believe that any military attack on Iran would be illegitimate, immoral and counterproductive and that if Members of Parliament do not make their opposition clear now, we will not be forgiven by the electorate or by history.

... Payvand News - 2/21/07 ... --



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