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Thurrock MP: World has sat back and watched Syria crisis for too long
THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price said she is "ashamed" the world has sat back and watched events in Syria for so long.
Parliament has been recalled and will sit tomorrow to debate the crisis and potential military strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, should intelligence reports confirm chemical weapons have been used in the war-stricken Middle Eastern state.
Ms Doyle-Price, when asked her views on the situation, said: "Just as it required military action to stop the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia we must make a stand and show the world that civilised societies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons."
The Syrian government, led by Assad, has denied being behind chemical attacks on August 21 which are thought to have left hundreds of people dead.
UN weapons inspectors today resumed their investigations at the site of the attack in Damascus, following earlier fears for their safety.
MPs will vote on a motion - the wording of which is yet to be decided - tomorrow. Attempts by the West to intevene in Syria in the past have been vetoed by Russia and China.
The prime minister David Cameron today called on the UN security council - of which the UK and USA are also a part - to "live up to its reponsibilities".
Ms Doyle-Price said: "I am ashamed that the world has sat back for so long. I think the behaviour of Russia and China in resisting action through the UN Security Council is nothing short of disgraceful.
"Their behaviour has led Assad to think he can get away with murder, and so far he has. In the interest of humanity the world cannot continue to turn a blind eye when people are being murdered and the whole region destabilised by the displacement of refugees.
"There are those who say action is not in the national interest. I would state that defending humanity is very much in the national interest. If we condone evil, it will flourish and the world will become an ever more dangerous place.
"As a permanent member of the UN Security Council it is our duty to uphold international law. Britain must show moral leadership and I am proud that we are doing so.
"I have no truck with those who would do nothing. That was the same sentiment that saw Chamberlain come back from Hitler with a meaningless bit of paper - it merely delayed intervention. The world must act and the time is now."
East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe was less forthcoming in his conviction that Britain needs to act but said: "I am utterly appalled to see the use of chemical weapons in Syria and so indiscriminately. It isn't acceptable. That's why we've got to get to the bottom of this.
"What I want to hear is what efforts are being made to get Russia more involved in the process."
But he added: "We can't just stand idly by. We need to make sure that action is unquestionable, legal and proportionate and that it addresses the specific concern of chemical weapons."
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