Afghanistan tenth anniversary 'a sombre moment'


Plaid right to oppose vague and naïve plans

On the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd, has argued that the party were right to oppose the ‘vague and naïve plans’ for invasion, calling the occasion ‘a sombre moment’.

Plaid Cymru were the only party to oppose the war from the beginning, with the party’s four MPs voting against the bombing of the country in November 2001.

Mr Llwyd said:

“This is a very sombre moment as we look back upon a decade in which hundreds of UK soldiers and thousands upon thousands of innocent Afghan civilians have been killed.

“Plaid Cymru opposed the war in Afghanistan from the very beginning, saying that the military plans were vague, that the attitudes being expressed were naïve and that the humanitarian cost would be high.

“It was clear that the international forces engaging in war there had not learnt from the history lessons of the Soviet invasion in the 1980s and the UK’s own three wars in Afghanistan in the 19th and 20th centuries.

“Sadly, Afghanistan has now spent most of the past three decades as a war zone.

“We must move towards a situation in the country where human rights are crucial, where the government is seen to rise above corruption and where Afghans can be safe to develop their own country how they see fit and without external political influence.”

Vote on military action in Afghanistan held on 1st November 2001.

Elfyn Llwyd’s speech in the debate is at 4.6pm