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MP Tessa Munt speaks out about Syria conflict
BURNHAM MP Tessa Munt has described the situation in Syria as “desperate” and condemned the use of chemical weapons.
Ms Munt said the vote against possible UK military action against Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad's government to deter the use of chemical weapons reflected the views of the electorate.
She said: “MPs were clear - at this time, the Government does not have a ‘blank cheque’ to intervene militarily in Syria against the will of the British people.”
David Cameron agreed to respect the defeat of a Government motion by 285 to 272. The US has said it would act in its “best interests” in dealing with the Syria crisis, following the British rejection.
Ms Munt told the Weekly News: “The suffering of the citizens throughout the civil war has been appalling. “The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent, and should it be proven that Assad’s regime was behind their use, he and the others responsible must be punished.”
She said recalling Parliament for a debate about military action “seemed premature, revealed a lack of evidence, the absence of a clear plan, and no real assessment of the risks that such action might provoke in an already unsettled part of the world.” Ms Munt added that diplomatic channels had not been exhausted and that Russia could bring pressure to bear on the Syrian regime.
She added: “Many countries within the Arab League need to be encouraged and assisted in their efforts to bring Syria back into line.
“There are many links and networks - through trade, culture, faith, history - and the UK, Europe and the USA should use their experience to explore every possible avenue to find a solution. The UK should continue its huge humanitarian efforts in the region.
“Military action, particularly without the full backing of an UN resolution could, in my view, inflame an already tense situation.”