Sinn Féin hands letter of protest to Australian PM expressing opposition to invasion of Iraq
Text of letter presented to Australian Prime Minister John Howard by Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD follows:
Mr. John Howard
Prime Minister of Australia.
Dear Prime Minister,
On the occasion of your visit to the Oireachtas I wish, on behalf of the Sinn Féin members of the Dáil, to express our opposition to the participation of your Government and your armed forces in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. In common with the vast majority of the Irish people we opposed the invasion of that country, based as it was on the falsehood that non-existent weapons of mass destruction posed an immediate danger. We have condemned the invasion led by the United States Government and the British Government and in which Australian armed forces have participated.
In the best tradition of the freedom-loving peoples of Ireland and of Australia, with which our country has so many close ties of friendship, we support an international policy based on solidarity, self-determination and respect for all peoples and the peaceful settlement of international disputes based on principles of justice, equality and international law. For that reason also we have opposed the decision of the Irish Government to permit US military forces to use Shannon Airport as a staging-post to the war in Iraq.
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
Sinn Féin Dáil leader.