Waveney Constituency Labour Party and the Waveney Labour Group welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s successful application for an emergency debate on the convention that parliament should approve military interventions in Syria and elsewhere.
Mr Corbyn called for the debate, which will take place today, after expressing concern that the government’s failure to seek parliamentary approval for last Friday’s air strikes on Syria sets a precedent for further action that risks a reckless escalation of the war, and the danger of direct confrontation between the US and Russia.
The conflict has already cost more than 500,000 lives and led to five million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and the internal displacement of another six million.
Writing in yesterday’s Guardian Mr Corbyn said: ‘There can be no question of turning a blind eye to the use of chemical weapons. Their deployment constitutes a crime, and those responsible must be held to account.’ But rather than resorting to further ‘symbolic’ and ‘ineffective’ ad-hoc strikes he argued pressure should be applied through sanctions, embargoes and, if necessary, the international criminal court. UN approval should be sought before any further military action is taken.
Mr Corbyn continued: ‘We have to remove the scourge of chemical weapons but also use our influence to end the still greater scourge of the Syrian war. A diplomatic solution that will allow for the country to be rebuilt, for refugees to be able to return home and for an inclusive political settlement that allows the Syrian people to decide their own future could not be more urgent.’