Written by Maxence Huguenot the Intern for Dr Bill Wilson MSP
Monday, 29 November 2010 02:22
(SNP) has lodged a motion congratulating the chair of the Irish Green Party, Dan Boyle, on his Private Member’s Prohibition of Depleted Uranium Weapons - Bill 2009.
Wilson said, “It seems that Ireland has the courage to prohibit the use of depleted uranium (DU) weapons, which are, I am convinced a major threat to public health. Ireland is showing us the way to go; we should be following the Irish lead.
“As I suggested in a previous motion, for the UK, the first step would be not to veto the forthcoming UN resolution on releasing data on the use of DU weaponry. Thereafter, the UK should abandon the use of such weapons definitively.
“As I have pointed out before, substantial circumstantial evidence suggests that DU is horrific in its effects, and it seems to have been widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan. We cannot say the United Kingdom is a civilised and democratic country if it continues to use this kind of weapon and to block attempts to examine its impact. I am convinced that many Iraqi civilians have died because of it and I wouldn’t be surprised if many of our service personnel have been affected too, whatever the Ministry of Defence says.”
Dr Bill Wilson MSP
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