|AP. 6 May 2002. Western delegation of legislators, activists visits Iraq to express solidarity.
BAGHDAD -- A delegation of 18 British and Canadian legislators, journalists and political activists is visiting Iraq to demonstrate their opposition to what they call Western "crimes" against Iraqis, their leader said Monday.
"We are dedicated to ending Britain's illogical and inhumane" embargo on Iraq, British member of parliament George Galloway said.
"We want to show our own public opinion that the crimes that are being committed by our state are not being done in our name," he told The Associated Press.
Galloway, a maverick Labor party legislator, has visited Iraq several times in a campaign to end the sanctions maintained by the United Nations, and ardently supported by the United States and Britain, since Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.
The embargo has devastated the Iraqi economy, leading to widespread shortages. Iraqi doctors have said shortages of drugs and medical equipment have led to many deaths in hospitals.
Iraq accuses the United States and Britain of aggravating the shortages by using their positions on the U.N. sanctions committee to veto imports.
Galloway said his delegation, which arrived Saturday for a four-day visit, has met Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and is due to meet Iraq's health minister.
Referring to reports that the United States might attack Iraq, Galloway said: "Anyone who thinks it's a good idea and a good time to start a new, devastating war ... needs to have their head examined."
Westerners Visit Iraq to Express Solidarity
By AP via Proletarian News
Posted on the Independent Newswire on 6 May 2002
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