94 local assemblies adopt resolutions against war on Iraq

Voices against a U.S. war on Iraq are increasing among Japan's local lawmakers.

As of February 14, 94 local assemblies have adopted resolutions in opposition to a U.S.-led strike on Iraq, calling for a peaceful resolution within the U.N. framework. Those local governments include Hokkaido, Fukushima, Kyoto, Kagawa, and Oita prefectural assemblies as well as Yokohama and Kobe city assemblies.

Many of these local assemblies pointed out that the unprovoked unilateral use of force by the United States is a violation of the U.N. Charter, which prohibits any preemptive attacks.

Many of them also demanded that the Japanese government make efforts to avoid a war by working to increase public outcry calling for a peaceful resolution. (end)

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