By World BEYOND War, August 20, 2023
World BEYOND War supports this statement by the Irish Neutrality League:
Irish Defence Forces weapons training to Ukrainian Armed Forces an egregious and incontrovertible breach of neutrality.
Timing of information leak during Dáil recess appears to be a cynical manouevre to avoid parliamentary accountability.
Government has deliberately misled the public when insisting its support to Ukraine would not be in breach of neutrality.
WEAPONS TRAINING BREACH OF NEUTRALITY
The Irish Neutrality League is wholly opposed to the government decision to direct Irish Defence Forces personnel to provide weapons training to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as reported in the Irish Times (18th August 2023). This would constitute an egregious and incontrovertible breach of neutrality. The government has until now described its support for the Ukrainian Armed Forces as “humanitarian” and “non-lethal”. This is highly contestable given that the support has included flak jackets (worn by soldiers in combat) and mine-clearance training (with the trained sappers currently clearing mines at the head of the Ukrainian counter-offensive). If Irish Defence Forces personnel are to proceed with weapons training for members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, it will represent an unprecedented contravention of Ireland’s already seriously compromised neutrality.
TIMING OF LEAK TO AVOID PARLIAMENTARY ACCOUNTABILITY A CYNICAL MANOEUVRE
In addition, the Irish Neutrality League queries the timing of the information leak during the Dáil recess, which appears to be a cynical manoeuvre to avoid parliamentary accountability.
GOVERNMENT HAS MISLED PUBLIC
It is clear the government has deliberately misled the public when insisting its support to Ukraine would not be in breach of neutrality.
REVERSE THIS DECISION
The Irish Neutrality League demands the reversal of the government’s decision. The Irish Neutrality League also calls on grassroots members of the Green Party to stand up for the party’s stated commitment to neutrality and to resist the leadership’s ongoing erosion of a fundamental Green Party principle.
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