Airstrikes in Syria risk intensifying conflict - Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on all sides to end military interventions in Syria and to look towards building a lasting peace. Teachta McDonald said the international community must be consistent in its approaches to conflict and put peace as a priority above all other considerations.
Ms McDonald said;
“This morning’s airstrikes represent a significant escalation of tensions in the area. It will be the people of Syria who will suffer with the continuation of this conflict. This intervention is wrong.
“The international community must be consistent in its application of international law and policy, in which peace and protecting civilians is a priority. This holds for Syria, Palestine and other conflict areas.
“All countries with influence in Syria should be using their influence to push for an immediate ceasefire and a political solution to the conflict, instead of escalating the conflict and killing.
“There has to be a political solution to the conflict in Syria. What we need to see is a lasting ceasefire and a political process that leads to a sustainable resolution of the conflict.
“That is what the Irish Government and all governments should be seeking to bring about. There is onus of the Irish government to increase its humanitarian support to the Syrian people and reach its targets for the resettlement and relocation of Syrian refugees in Ireland.”