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UK church leaders protest Iraq invasion plans


A Pax Christi petition signed by a group of church leaders including incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has fired a pre-emptive shot against the military build-up for an attack on Iraq.

The declaration by Christian peace group Pax Christi signed by 2500 people, which was delivered to Downing Street yesterday, calls an invasion of Iraq "immoral and illegal".

It came as Washington rejected a Baghdad offer for a US congressional team to visit Iraq and inspect possible weapons sites, but as international opinion hardened against the bellicose attitudes being struck by George Bush's administration.

The Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin, George Galloway, applauded the declaration from the religious leaders and condemned plans for war with Iraq.

Speaking from his hotel in Baghdad, he said: "Thank God for the churches."

Pax Christi opted to deliver its declaration to the prime minister on the anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima in 1945.

It states: "It's deplorable that the world's most powerful nations continue to regard war, and the threat of war, as an acceptable instrument of foreign policy."

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Pax Christi UK | Support Grows for Declaration on Legality and Morality of War with Iraq

SOURCE
Guardian

7 Aug 2002