We the participants in the protest before the US Embassy in London on Wednesday November 19th 1997 are writing to you with reference to recent public statements from within your Administration that the US would consider itself justified in using military force against Iraq if current diplomatic efforts to solve points at issue fail. We also note that, echoing this position, the Prime Minister of Britain has said that his government likewise "reserves the right" to use force in such a case; we are consequently sending him a copy of this letter.
The principles of international law and provisions for its implementation are clearly specified in certain fundamental documents, chief among which is the Charter of the United Nations. This Charter clearly lays down the conditions under which force may legally be used or threatened at the international level, the implementation of any such force or threats being subject to authorisation exclusively by the Security Council of the United Nations.
No such use or threats of force have on this occasion been authorised by the Security Council, so that your Administration is clearly in breach of international law in adopting its present stance, and any attack on Iraq at this time would be quite simply a criminal act.
Public opinion, not only in the Middle Eastern region itself but throughout the world, has made it clear that such use of force would be vigorously repudiated and would lead to the further isolation and discrediting of US and British policy in the Middle East and globally.
On behalf of all in Britain who wish to see a relaxation of the present tension and danger in the Gulf region, we therefore urge you to desist from the dangerous military build-up and illegal threats of force against Iraq, so as to allow a resolution of the Iraq question to be negotiated by peaceful means.
(For the participants in the protest on Wednesday November 19th 1997.)