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2002 National Black Members' Conference
23 May 2002

Conference strongly believes it is now time for the international community to end the ten year war and sanctions against Iraq. Conference further notes that United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator, Hans Von Sponeck, has directly attributed over 350 civilian deaths and 1,000 civilian casualties to the United States and United Kingdom bombing of Iraq over the last two years. Conference recognises that security and stability in the region will be found through inclusion and negotiations rather than bombing.

Conference therefore calls on the National Black Members’ Committee, National Executive Council, International Committee, and Affiliated Political Fund, including UNISON Link MPs, to seek the assistance of the United Nations to launch a new diplomatic initiative on Iraq, based on openness, tolerance, reconstruction and not war.