Fax for urgent meeting with US Ambassador Marie Huhtala for DAP leaders to convey strong opposition to unilateral US-led war on Iraq without specific UN Security Council sanction

Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya Monday): DAP leaders have asked for an urgent meeting with the US Ambassador to Malaysia Marie Huhtala this week to convey the DAP's strong opposition to any unilateral United States-led war on Iraq without specific United Nations Security Council sanction in a fax to the US Embassy today.

In an interview with malaysiakini on Saturday, Huhtala said that US Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the UN Security Council last Wednesday was not a "justification for war" and that "War is not our first priority".

These assurances have, however, been belied by the almost daily hawkish and war-mongering speeches and statements by the top figures of the Bush Administration.

In the latest development, for instance, the Bush administration had reacted with rage to a Franco-German initiative to extend arms inspections in Iraq, tripling the number of UN weapons inspectors and backing them up with surveillance flights and thousands of UN troops.

DAP supports the latest Franco-German plan, which is said to have received Russian support for an extension of time for the UN weapons inspectors.

The international community must mount relentless pressure on the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq to disarm all weapons of mass destruction, whether biological, chemical or nuclear, and that it comply with the 1991 UN Security Council resolution to pass legislation to ban all programmes involving weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, however, the international community must send a clear and unmistakable message to the US Administration that any unilateral US-led war and invasion of Iraq without specific UN Security Council sanction would be no less an action of international lawlessness.

All countries must give full support to the UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix for biological and chemical weapons and Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei for nuclear weapons who advocate strong and longer inspections as an alternative to an American military attack.


* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman