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MP Seeks Recall of UK Parliament on Libya Policy

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TEHRAN, April 16 (ICANA) – John Baron, the only Conservative MP to vote against Britain joining military action in Libya, said Friday that parliament should be recalled following a 'clear alteration to the original mission'.
Saturday, April 16, 2011 10:24:54 AM
MP Seeks Recall of UK Parliament on Libya Policy

'When we debated this the case was put this was a humanitarian mission. Clearly that is no longer the case and maybe never was,' said Baron, a former military officer.

'If you were being charitable, you could say this was an example of mission creep. If you were being uncharitable [you] could say it was an ulterior motive,' he said.

His call comes after British Prime Minister David Cameron joined US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in expressing their determination to force regime change in Libya and going further than previous demands for a ceasefire.

“So long as (Muammar) Gaddafi is in power, NATO and its coalition partners must maintain their operations so that civilians remain protected and the pressure on the regime builds,” the three leaders said in a joint statement posted on Cameron's website.

'I believe Parliament should be recalled. This statement is a clear alteration to the original mission and that would justify a recall,” Baron told the BBC.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has pledged to keep parliament updated with developments in Libya during the current Easter recess and has said that MPs could be recalled, if necessary, before their scheduled return on April 26.

Conservative chair of the Foreign Airs Committee Richard Ottaway has also expressed reservations about the mission in Libya but he said he disagreed with his colleague.

'This is a humanitarian mission and it is protection of the civilian population which is top of the order book and, I think, has not altered. We should only be recalling Parliament if there is a change in policy,' Ottaway said.

Essentially, it is up to the government to request the speaker of the House of Commons on any recall of parliament as happened in the event of the 1982 war against Argentina over the Falkland Islands, during the 1991 war against Iraq and after the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.

During a parliamentary debate on Britain joining military action after airs strikes began on March 21, the government received all-part support, with 557 MPs voting in favour and only 13 against, largely made up of left-wing Labour MPs.

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