Saturday, 17 October 2009

TIME TO LEAVE AFGHANISTAN

Kent Green Party members will be supporting the march in London on Saturday 24th October(1), calling for a withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan. The assembly point and time is 12.00 noon at Hyde Park, marching to Trafalgar Square. Steve Dawe comments:

“Public opinion is clearly against further British participation in the war in Afghanistan.

Opinion polls offers figures such as 47% against in July(2) and 56% against (3) this month. The obvious corruption of the recent elections in Afghanistan shows how little has been achieved by the thousands of lives lost in this war and the £12 billion the British Government has spent so far.

“Sending more troops will just adding more tragedy to a long losing war strategy going back to 2001. Reconstruction and mediating between warring factions is the type of role British soldiers, administrators and charities could play in Afghanistan as they have long done in the former Yugoslavia, if requested by a legitimate Afghan Government. But the combination of warfare, a deeply corrupt Government elected in fraudulent elections, and fractured administration of essential services make Afghanistan a ‘failed state.’ Afghanistan’s people need a negotiated peace and security provided as soon as possible by their own police and their own armed forces.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above

Notes:
1. Organised by Stop the War, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the British Muslim Initiative. See: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/
2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/jul/13/afghanistan-polls
3. http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5961UD20091007 See also a September survey with 53% against: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6827945.ece

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