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Lift All Non-Military Sanctions Against Iraq

1991 Resolution of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person;

WHEREAS United Nations' Resolution 661 imposed economic sanctions on Iraq to force Saddam Hussein to remove his army from Kuwait;

WHEREAS the United States and Allied forces destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq, killed tens of thousands of people, left the people of Iraq without clean water, electricity, food and medical supplies, and thereby caused extreme public health and environmental problems;

WHEREAS Iraqi forces have now been withdrawn form Kuwait, and with the assistance of the United States and Canada, Kuwait is beginning to recover from Iraq's occupation; and

WHEREAS President George Bush and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney stated repeatedly that this was not a war against the Iraqi people, yet it is the people who are suffering;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the l99l General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association requests that President Bush and Prime Minister Mulroney call upon the United Nations to lift all non-military sanctions against Iraq, so the Iraqi people can begin work on the many problems caused by the war; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the l99l General Assembly requests that President Bush and Prime Minister Mulroney take a leadership role in generating an international effort to provide those forms of emergency relief that may be immediately necessary to prevent further avoidable suffering and loss of life.

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