[Sinn Fein]

20th March 2002

Bombing of Iraq is unjustified - Use of Irish airports must end

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has described last night s bombing of Iraq as unjustified and said that the only thing it would achieve was a humanitarian crisis and further destabilise the Middle East. He called on the Irish government to work with the UN to stop this war and to uphold Irish neutrality.

Mr. Adams said:

"This war is totally unjustified. Diplomatic efforts have not been exhausted. Moreover the UN has been undermined as the work of the weapons inspectors was beginning to pay dividends.

"The Irish government has a strong role to play in this situation in seeking to bring an immediate end to the war and a return to diplomacy and dialogue. Granting permission for over-flights or landing at Shannon is no part of that

"Sinn Fein is calling on people to mobilise against the war and join the protests which will be taking place in towns and cities throughout Ireland in the coming days."

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