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Generation Yes Wrong on EU Militarisation – Ó Snodaigh

19 August, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Europe Aengus Ó Sondaigh TD has accused Generation Yes of getting it wrong on the defence policy changes in the Lisbon Treaty.

Speaking today Ó Snodaigh said:

“In a statement released today, Generation Yes claimed that, ‘Under Lisbon, EU countries will only be able to use defence policy for peacekeeping, conflict-prevention and strengthening International Security, in accordance with the UN Charter.’

“Unfortunately this is not the case. The Lisbon Treaty expands the list of permissible military actions significantly beyond peacekeeping and conflict prevention.

“Article 28B of the Lisbon Treaty lists the tasks for which the EU may use military action including; ‘joint disarmament operations, humanitarian and rescue tasks, military advice and assistance tasks, conflict prevention and peace-keeping tasks, tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peace-keeping and post-conflict stabilisation. All these tasks may contribute to the fight against terrorism, including by supporting third [non EU] countries in combating terrorism in their countries.’

“Recent military adventures such as the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would easily fit into this list as ‘joint disarmament operations’, ‘military advice and assistance tasks, or ‘combating terrorism’.

“It is simply wrong to suggest, as Generation Yes have done, that the Lisbon Treaty would only allow defence policy in areas of peacekeeping, conflict-prevention or strengthening International Security.

“This expanded list of permissible military actions is one of the many deeply troubling aspects of the common defence policy sections of the Lisbon Treaty. It begs the question, why expand the list to include such military actions unless the EU intends to develop its common defence policy in such direction. In Sinn Féin’s considered view it is one of the many reasons why the treaty should be opposed.” ENDS

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