Friday 7 April 2017 / 10:19 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Jeremy Corbyn statement on US air strikes on a Syrian air base

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the
Labour Party
speaking in response to the US air strikes on a Syrian air base, said:

US missile attack on a Syrian government air base risks escalating the war in
Syria still further. 

“Tuesday’s horrific chemical
attack was a war crime which requires urgent independent UN investigation and
those responsible must be held to account. 

“But unilateral military action
without legal authorisation or independent verification risks intensifying a
multi-sided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of

“What is needed instead is to
urgently reconvene the Geneva peace talks and unrelenting international
pressure for a negotiated settlement of the conflict. 

“The terrible suffering of the
Syrian people must be brought to an end as soon as possible and every
intervention must be judged on what contribution it makes to that outcome.

“The British government should
urge restraint on the Trump administration and throw its weight behind peace
negotiations and a comprehensive political settlement.”