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Sinn Féin rejects EU Security Doctrine

8 January, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has rejected the recently adopted EU Security Strategy outlined by EU High Representative Javier Solana at the Forum on Europe in Dublin Castle this morning. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"Fundamentally, Sinn Féin does not accept that an EU security doctrine should exist. Instead, we believe that the energy and resources now being expended on building a fortified EU should be dedicated to reforming and capacity-building within the UN -- which despite its unrealised potential remains the only truly inclusive multilateral forum. While the document says that strengthening the UN is an EU priority, that is not actually reflected in its detail, which puts much greater emphasis on constructing the EU as a 'formidable force' acting together with the United States and NATO in the so-called war on terrorism.

"We also reject the central premise of the document -- that 'security is the first condition for development'. This thinking may serve state and EU securocrats, but it ignores the reality that the greatest sources of insecurity in the world today are poverty, hunger, disease, inequality and injustice.

Superstate-oriented militaristic security is not a solution to this problem. Indeed, from a conflict prevention and conflict resolution perspective, increased militarisation and military spending such as that proposed under the EU Security Strategy usually make matters worse. Think what could be done to alleviate the sources of human insecurity through achievement of the Millennium Development Goals with the more than €160 billion spent on defence by EU member and accession states. Failure to redirect this spending is a crime.

"This Strategy has no answer for the fundamental security problems of our world. Instead it signals a new European interventionism and a resurgent militarism and as such will also be rejected by the peoples of Europe." ENDS

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