Military action in Iraq should have U.N. mandate - Czech minister


09.08.2014 13:26

Prague - A military action in Iraq should have a mandate from the United Nations Security Council, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) told the public broadcaster Czech Television (CT) last night.


Ilustrační foto - Ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek. ČTK/AP Michael Sohn

He said he did not want to criticise the U.S. air strikes on Islamist militants in northern Iraq as it was necessary to act for humanitarian reasons.

The situation in northern Iraq is a humanitarian disaster and the U.S. air strikes are a way with which to alleviate its impact, Zaoralek said.

"At the moment, I do not have any suspicion that the USA is pursuing any other target mainly because the U.S. President Barack Obama is not a successor to George Bush's policy," Zaoralek said.

The Czech Republic is thinking of whether to deliver arms to the Kurdish units now under attack by the Iraqi Islamists, Zaoralek said.

Islamic militants may get hold of the modern weapons and they are being joined by former army generals from the Saddam Hussein's regime, he added.

"The Kurdish side is not sufficiently armed to face such an army," Zaoralek said.

The Czech Republic is also thinking of sending further humanitarian aid to Iraq, he added.

In early June, the Foreign Ministry decided to spend three million crowns on the purpose.

Obama has allowed the air strikes on Iraqi Islamic militants, but expressly ruled out any return of U.S. troops to Iraq.

($1 = 20.789 crowns)

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