PLAID MP ADDRESSES SUPPORTERS OF STOP THE WAR

Plaid Cymru’s MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards, will today join the voices of the Stop the War coalition, calling for steps to be taken to ensure that never again will the UK forced to enter imperial wars without the support of the public and international law.

Mr Edwards will deliver a speech to the Stop the War coalition public meeting this evening (Wednesday) in Westminster. The meeting is being held a day before parliament votes on Afghanistan for the first time tomorrow (Thursday).

Plaid Cymru has long opposed the war in Afghanistan, calling for the phased withdrawal of troops and for greater support to be given to returning soldiers and veterans of conflict.

Mr Edwards said:

“It has been clear to me and my party that the continued changing of nature of the war in Afghanistan puts everybody at risk. A war fought with no realistic timeframe, no clear cut conditions that define victory or defeat is a war without end.

“Yet that is where we are, with spin doctors regularly changing our objectives to make it look as if the surges and incursions are being successful in changing the hearts and minds of Afghans, or winning the war on the ground.

“Clearly, neither is true.

“My party has long called for withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan from this unwinnable war – a standpoint with which I’m sure everybody here will agree.

“But these are not just wars fought thousands of miles from home – they impact upon us here as well.

“In my own constituency, I have expressed concern about the testing of unmanned drones making flights above Welsh airspace, while the decisions about the Strategic Security and Defence Review are of great import in determining our future foreign policy.

“As this review takes place, it is important that we send a clear message to the Conservative and Lib Dem administration that these imperial wars were not fought in our name, should be brought to a conclusion as soon as possible and that we should never again enter into such alliances without the full support of our international partners around the world and international law.”

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