Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 12th March 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 12th March 2008

I simply emphasise that the most important thing is to get people to peace talks. That is the only way to bring the situation to a conclusion. As for a no-fly zone, I have considered it and I would like to move ahead, if it were at all possible; however, we have to accept that the area to be policed is the geographical size of France and large numbers of aeroplanes would be needed. More important at the moment is to get a ceasefire and, as a result, stop the aerial bombing of civilians. I believe that we can make progress in that respect and then get people to the peace talks. That is how to solve the problem.

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Neil Fletcher
Posted on 16 Mar 2008 11:52 am (Report this annotation)

In reply to the Rt Hon Gordon Brown's comments on March 12th I would like to say the following:

Firstly I speak as a surgeon, General Practitioner and former Aid worker with a Major international aid agency
providing medical care in Darfur and Eastern Chad.

Mr Brown's comment "the most important thing is to get people to peace talks. That is the only way to bring the situation to a conclusion" is absolutely and utterly incorrect. That's what the UK has done for the last 6 years and the human rights atrocities continue.
There is only one peaceful solution to the Darfur crisis. That is a miraculous "Road to Damascus" St Pauline style change to Al Bashir. The only other solution is military. It will cost a small number of British and French lives but save hundreds of thousands of Darfuri lives. Forget the United Nations- you will never get a mandate to put 40,000 UN peace enforcers in Darfur for as long as Al Bashir is in power. What is required is unilateral military intervention by Britain and France, and to date I have not see the Prime Minister have the courage, or willpower to pursue this.

Don't kid yourself Mr Brown, -Wake up!
Peace talks are as likely to bring an end to the situation in Darfur as they were to bring an end to the Holocaust. I would love to believe that diplomacy and peace talks will solve Darfur. But they never will. Al Bashir is the Hitler of our time. What you are proposing is like saying to Hitler " I say Adolf, would you mind stopping the holocaust?"!!!

There is a showing of "The devil came on horseback" at St Mary's Marylebone on March 28th at 7.30pm Afterwards there will be a discussion led by a Professor of human rights and myself. See link below:

I hope to see many MPs from the APG on Sudan there, including Mr Brown. Perhaps then together we can solve this disgrace to the whole of mankind.

Dr Neil Fletcher,MA,MB,BChir(Cambridge)