Support among Czech public for war in Iraq running thin
The standoff in the United Nations security council continues. The United Sates along with Great Britain have been pressuring the UN Security Council to pass a new resolution which would substantiate the use of force in order to disarm Iraq. The Czech Republic has relentlessly declared that a new UN resolution is a vital and essential ingredient if force is to be used to disarm Iraq. However, Czechs are increasingly sceptical of the need for war.
A number of demonstrations have taken place in Prague and other cities around the Czech Republic in the past few months to oppose a war in Iraq, however participation was much lower in Prague then it was in other world capitals.
Spearheaded by German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Green parties throughout Europe, as well as the tiny Czech Green party, have been very vocal in their opposition to a war in Iraq. I caught up with Arnold Cassola who is the secretary general of the European Federation of Green Parties which represents 32 Green Parties across Europe, including the Czech Green Party:
"Well its very clear, all member parties of the federation are against any attack on Iraq. We are very critical of the U.S. and U.K. position. We believe that any unilateral action is illegal and any decisions have to be taken within the United Nations, since we believe in the rule of law. As Green's we have also organized a delegation to Washington in which 21 members of the European Parliament were present. We also work in close cooperation with the U.S. Greens, that now have three million voters in the US against the war and what we propose is that there is more time given to the inspectors to continue with there work because the results are being seen. Any bombardment, any war, can only bring more suffering on a people who have been suffering for too much time."