Former cabinet minister urges dialogue with Bin Laden - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
April 13, 2004

Former cabinet minister urges dialogue with Bin Laden

-11/4/04

A former member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet has called for Britain and the United States to begin talks with Osama bin Laden.

Encouraging a strategy that focuses on reconciliation, Mo Mowlan described the current war on terrorism as "completely counter-productive".

The former Northern Ireland secretary said the current American and British policy in the Middle East was acting as a "recruitment officer for the terrorists".

Mowlam said Britain and the United States had to open a dialogue with their enemies.

Asked if she could imagine al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden arriving at the negotiating table, she responded: "You have to do that. If you do not, you condemn large parts of the world to war for ever.

"If you go in with guns and bombs, you act as a recruitment officer for the terrorists," she said.

Mowlam, who was extremely popular in her job in the Northern Ireland post left formal politics at the 2001 election, choosing not to stand again for parliament.

Former cabinet minister urges dialogue with Bin Laden

-11/4/04

A former member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet has called for Britain and the United States to begin talks with Osama bin Laden.

Encouraging a strategy that focuses on reconciliation, Mo Mowlan described the current war on terrorism as "completely counter-productive".

The former Northern Ireland secretary said the current American and British policy in the Middle East was acting as a "recruitment officer for the terrorists".

Mowlam said Britain and the United States had to open a dialogue with their enemies.

Asked if she could imagine al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden arriving at the negotiating table, she responded: "You have to do that. If you do not, you condemn large parts of the world to war for ever.

"If you go in with guns and bombs, you act as a recruitment officer for the terrorists," she said.

Mowlam, who was extremely popular in her job in the Northern Ireland post left formal politics at the 2001 election, choosing not to stand again for parliament.

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