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UK MPs Oppose Intervention in Libya

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TEHRAN, March 15 (ICANA) – More than a dozen British MPs from various parties have so far formally declared their opposition to military intervention in Libya.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:24:52 PM
UK MPs Oppose Intervention in Libya

A parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM), raised by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, also calls for a rethinking of British and European foreign policy towards Arab states.

“This House does not believe Western intervention in Libya or elsewhere will bring about the peace, justice and democracy that is being sought by millions of people in North Africa and the Middle East,” the EDM warns.

It also urges “a more concerted effort to apply international law and its human rights clauses in any negotiations or actions relating to the historical process that is now taking place.”

Earlier this month, Corbyn told IRNA that the West has its own imperial agenda in Arab World and that all kinds of scenarios “dressed up as some form of democracy they are going to impose” were being worked out.

On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to allow parliament to vote on a decision for Britain to join in imposing a no-fly zone over Libya “if it wants” but said such intervention was still being worked out.

It came after Foreign Secretary William Hague controversially said that while the 'cleanest and simplest' way of securing a legal basis for a no-fly zone over Libya would be a UN Security Council resolution, it was not necessarily essential.

'In cases of great, overwhelming humanitarian need, then nations are able to act under international law, even without a resolution of the Security Council,' Hague told the BBC.

Fears are that Britain has not learned lessons from Iraq but Cameron insisted that there is “no intention to get involved in another war, or to see an invasion.”

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