MIL-OSI Translation: Dr. Volker Ullrich: International law is subject to continuing education

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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! On April 7 this year, more than 40 people died in a terrible poison gas attack in eastern Ghuta. This was a poison gas attack that followed many other attacks that have occurred in recent years. On the night of 13-14 April, the United States, France and the United Kingdom gave a militarily necessary and necessary response through a limited military strike on research facilities, factories and military infrastructure, because it is politically clear that in the event of a serious war crime a breach of international law, in the case of an inhumane use of poison gas, the Western community of values ​​must not watch. Rather, a red line is crossed, and that must also be punished.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Armin-Paulus Hampel [AfD]: And what does international law say?)

The international legal classification of this process is controversial. But it is not the case that a violation of international law must be established from the outset. On the contrary, international law and customary international law are subject to further training and must be viewed in the light of the respective constellations.

(Armin-Paulus Hampel [AfD]: How it works! Then you can do it!)

Yes, there is the prohibition of violence in the UN Charter. A military operation is only allowed if there is either a UN Security Council resolution or an act of self-defense.

(Karsten Hilse [AfD]: And that was a self-defense! – Armin-Paulus Hampel [AfD]: Self-defense!)

For the moment, however, it has to be clearly stated that the situation with regard to the use of poison gas in Syria is much more complex. It should first be noted that there is already a UN Security Council Resolution of 2013, Resolution 2118.

(Armin-Paulus Hampel [AfD]: Now it comes!)

This resolution makes it very clear that the Syrian regime is banning the Syrian state from using chemical means. The Syrian state also has a duty to eradicate these funds, and there is also a clear mandate to allow representatives of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to inspect the destruction of chemical weapons.

(Karsten Hilse [AfD]: Did you do it?)

This obligation has not been fulfilled by the Syrian state. On the contrary, even the UN Security Council subsequently undermined this commitment by vetoing Russia and China. Now we have the international legal situation of a blocking Security Council. We would actually have a positive majority for a mission if it did not have this right of veto.

(Armin-Paulus Hampel [AfD]: Something stupid!)

However, the right of veto exercised by Russia and China in this case is, in my view, not consistent with their commitment to allow humanitarian intervention and to respect international law.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Why? The special rights of a veterinary state also entail special duties, namely special obligations to enforce international humanitarian law and human rights. Especially when chemical weapons are used – a particularly cruel breach of international law – at least a clearly defined military strike must be possible against the backdrop of a collapsing state, a lack of state power, the presence of a UN Security Council resolution and the concept of UN protection to stop killing and killing and eliminate chemical weapons stocks. That is a necessary and good development of international law.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

Vice President Thomas Oppermann:

Mr Ullrich, do you want to allow a question from Mr Dehm?

Dr. Volker Ullrich (CDU / CSU):


Dr. Diether Dehm (DIE LINKE):

Mr Colleague, I would just like to remind you and ask you how you rate that, in the very same style, not to say: pathos in relation to Libya, exactly the same thing was said: bombs on your own people. I have heard all these scenarios. Guido Westerwelle then explained why he, as Foreign Minister, can not agree to this. Incidentally, there were interjections from the SPD, strangely enough against Guido Westerwelle, which has surprised me very much in the tradition of this party. Then France made a single action and bombed Libya. The result is that today – it fluctuates – between 50 and 70 percent of the entire Libyan territory is under Islamist-terrorist control. The result is that we have the largest wave of refugees from Libya. I just want to remind you that among Assad women at least go to school. Do you know what comes next? When women in Libya today paint their toenails, their feet are cut off. This is the reality after being intervened. Do you know what happens?

The second question: Why is Assad prevented from running for election? If that was a choice that is controlled internationally, why not run if he does not get a majority? Do we know who the right candidate for Syria is here?

(Christoph Matschie [SPD]: Embarrassing!) Another call from the SPD: Stasi agent!)

Dr. Volker Ullrich (CDU / CSU):

Colleague Dehm, I find your remark regarding the painting of toenails cynical in the face of many thousands of dead children in the Syrian civil war and millions of people fleeing.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the Alliance 90 / The Greens and members of the FDP)

I further state that you have not responded to my international motives,

(Armin-Paulus Hampel [AfD]: Because that was so abstruse that you do not have to repeat it!)

but first of all threw a complete candle of smoke by addressing the case of Libya and talking about the question of a post-war order in Syria.

(Armin-Paulus Hampel [AfD]: The man’s name is Dehm and not stupid!)

The case of Libya is not comparable to the case of Syria. As far as Syria is concerned, I tell you quite honestly: yes, we need a post-war order for Syria. We also need an indictment of war criminals responsible for poison gas attacks in Syria before an international criminal court.

(Applause from members of the SPD)

That must be the answer of the world community, and that is what you should address.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Dr. Alexander Gauland [AfD]: What is this eternal reverie? Do you really think the Russians drop the Assad because you are in the sun?)

Finally, Mr President, we need a post-war order for Syria. This will be a long way for the world community. We need a criminal responsibility for the perpetrators. We also need support from those who collect evidence worldwide. But we also need support for the structural proceedings in Germany against war criminals, because: law must not give way to injustice. We have to enforce international humanitarian law. We must end the killing, and we must ensure that this blockade also dissolves in the UN Security Council so that the world community speaks with one voice to this atrocity.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – Dr. Alexander Gauland [AfD]: Keep dreaming! That’s wonderful!)


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