DiEM25 Belgium calls upon the Belgian government to abstain from military involvement in Syria

[April 14, 2018, Brussels]

DiEM25 Belgium urgently calls upon the Belgian government to refrain from joining a Western coalition to retaliate against the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The Belgian government is asked to publicly support international efforts, led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to investigate if chemical weapons have effectively been used in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic. Moreover, EU Member States should exhaust all diplomatic possibilities in urging Russia to allow for a UN investigation.

To date, there is no clear, confirmed evidence over the use of chemical weapons, as UN agencies do not have access to Douma. DiEM25 Belgium supports Sweden’s Security Council resolution to send a United Nations mission to Syria in order to disarm the country of all chemical weapons.

DiEM25 Belgium is seriously concerned over the dangers of a spiral of violence fuelled by unproven allegations made by the different state actors involved. The use of chemical weapons by any political force has to be strongly condemned and persecuted honestly, unlike the European silence that followed Saddam Hussein’s (a Western ally at the time) gas attacks against soldiers and civilians in the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988.

However, this can only occur in accordance with international law and with the support of the international community. Therefore, DiEM25 Belgium calls upon the Belgian government to decisively condemn the irresponsible and irrational threats made by the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

We stand for a Europe that is a force for peace and stability in the world. The current alarmist and trigger-happy rhetoric used by the UK, France and other European nations willing to bend to an unpredictable and dangerous US President is what will lead us in the exact opposite direction: just like it did with Iraq in 2003 and Libya in 2011, interventions that only destabilised the region further.

– DiEM25 Belgium National Collective