Hague urged to explain legal basis for Syrian intervention
James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.
Thursday 20 December 2012
William Hague has been challenged over whether the Government has sought legal advice over possible military intervention in Syria.
Richard Ottaway, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, asked the Foreign Secretary to confirm that Parliament would be given time to debate any offer of military support to Syrian rebels.
Calling on Mr Hague to explain the “international legal basis” for sending UK forces to Syria, Mr Ottaway said in a letter to the Foreign Office that MPs had expressed “grave concerns” over the “value, legitimacy and legality” of intervening in the country’s civil war.
Mr Ottaway’s letter follows an exclusive report in The Independent last month which revealed that the head of Britain’s armed forces, General Sir David Richards, hosted a meeting in London attended by military chiefs from six nations.
The private gathering discussed possible military training for rebels fighting the regime.
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