Govt urged to review ties with US and Britain


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Mar 2003

By SA’ODAH ELIAS

PUTRAJAYA: MTUC has called on the Government to review its diplomatic and trade ties with the United States and Britain in view of their strike on Iraq. 

It also urged the Government to initiate a resolution at the United Nations to apply sanctions against the US and Britain for their defiance of the world body and called for the resignation of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for his failure to prevent the war. 

The calls were included in an anti-war memorandum handed over by MTUC to Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the Prime Minister’s Department yesterday. 

Speaking to reporters after handing over the memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s senior private secretary Mohd Shafiq Abdullah, MTUC acting president Mohammed Shafie BP Mamal said the US-led military action on Iraq was barbaric and destructive. 

Expressing firm support for the Government’s position on the issue, Mohammed Shafie said unless effective steps were taken, powerful countries like the United States would continue to ignore world opinion and misuse their military might to invade and destroy weaker nations. 

He said the Brussel-based International Confederation of Free Trade Union (ICFTU), of which MTUC was affiliated to, had also made known its stand against war and was prepared to mobilise support to oppose the arrogant and destructive act. 

“MTUC will work together with ICFTU to address this dangerous situation,” he added.  

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