Monday 29 October 2001 11.07am
The UK is a member of the United Nations General Assembly.
The General Assembly on September 17 2000 issued a press release, (no. 9826) which contained the following -
With the sole exception of the permanent five members of the Council, Member States found the veto and its present practise outdated and unacceptable, as it ran counter to the democratic character of the United Nations.
In fact, that was the comment of ASDA JAYANAMA (Un Representative for Thailand) , which was only one of many, many statements that were critical of the veto, and called for change. The UK is one of those 5 countries which possess the veto.
The UN is, by mandate, legally empowered and thus fully committed to bringing an end to war by bringing those in conflict to the negotiating table, and by supporting those negotiations through the trials and tribulations inherent in that process.
The current war in Afghanistan is in direct conflict with Britains place in the United Nations. It is the duty of the UK, as a member of the United Nations General Assembly, to rescind its veto rights and to take further steps to empower the process of negotiation above that of armed conflict.
Time is of the essence, as with each passing day, more bombs drive the wedge deeper between the US and Afghanistan, with the potential for wider conflict ever present.
I call on Tony Blair and all leaders and the British Government to act immediately, by withdrawing their support for war in Afghanistan. There are other methods, more humane and proven, for resolving conflict. The recent announcements on decommissioning in Northern Ireland are living proof of the potential of those methods. Use them again. We need you to do this now.
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