Plaid Cymru maintains opposition to Syria intervention

By staff writers
August 28, 2013

Plaid Cymru's Parliamentary leader, Elfyn Llwyd MP, has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to recall the Westminster Parliament on Thursday (29 August) to discuss and vote on the Syrian crisis.

Mr Llwyd, whose party opposes military action, claiming that it would prolong the conflict and lead to further bloodshed, added that the motion tabled by the Government must offer clarity and lead to a vote on military action, not just a condemnation of the use of chemical weapons.

Mr Llwyd explained:"While I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to recall Parliament to discuss the deepening crisis in Syria, I would add that a vote on the issue will be largely meaningless if it fails to directly address what military action, if any, is proposed.

"A motion condemning the use of chemical weapons will not be enough. It must clearly outline the Government's definition of a 'proportionate response' so that the House can make an informed choice whether or not to support the Prime Minister's plans.

"Plaid Cymru firmly believes that military action would prolong the conflict and lead to further bloodshed.

"The fact that the intervention has received the backing of former Prime Minister Tony Blair - a man with so much blood on his hands - should set alarm bells ringing as far as the likely outcome of such action is concerned.

"When the Government motion is published later today, it is crucial that it provides a clear and comprehensive definition of what form military action would take, alongside details of all diplomatic and humanitarian efforts being made to deescalate the situation.

“The proposed language of the resolution put to the UN Security Council by the Prime Minister also gives cause for concern with “authorising necessary measures to protect civilians” offering little indication of his true intentions.

“The last decade has seen the UK embroiled in bloody wars and paying a very high price for failing to prepare for peace. The same mistakes must not be made again.”

Plaid Cymru (the Party of Wales), the Scottish National Party, and the Green Party of England and Wales are most likely to vote against military intervention in Syria tomorrow, along with rebels from the 'big three' parties - Labour (where backbenchers are most sceptical), Conservatives and Lib Dems.

* 'Syria: what lies behind the clamour for military strikes?', by Simon Barrow: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/18911

* More on Syria from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/syria

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