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Plaid Cymru's approach to the United Nations

Plaid Cymru believe in an independent Wales with full membership of and a seat at the United Nations. We believe in the international right to self-determination and improving our world through global equality and the ending of poverty. Plaid Cymru support peaceful negotiations over destructive warfare and support the rule of international law through the United Nations.

Plaid Cymru’s priorities for UK action at the UN include an investigation into the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, a two state solution for Israel and Palestine and to secure the rights of minorities in all parts of the world.

Plaid Cymru have repeatedly urged the UK Government to bring the case of the Syrian civil war, where we have seen repeated use of chemical weapons against civilians and the repeated bombing of civilians, hospitals and aid convoys to the International Criminal Court. This desperately needs to be investigated, along with an independent, UN-led investigation into air strikes by Saudi Arabia in Yemen that has seen innocent civilians, residential areas and hospitals be decimated.

Plaid Cymru have consistently called for a two state solution for Israel and Palestine, something that can only be brokered with the support of the UN. We believe this should be a priority for the UK government to action, as this conflict has seen indiscriminate violence for too long. We have condemned the illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land and believe this must be resolved with the help if the UN, to stop the unfair treatment of the Palestinian people.

Plaid Cymru firmly support the rights of minorities in all parts of the world, and believe the UK should work with the UN to help efforts in this respect for Kurds, Tamils and others. There is no excuse for continued global inequality and injustice and it is the responsibility of all countries to work with the UN to resolve these issues. Failure to assist the developing world will only fuel resentment, violence and division.

We oppose all forms of illegal occupation and oppression, and support legal international action through the International Criminal Court against governments of any countries that commit human rights abuses. Plaid Cymru have always pressured the UK Government to uphold the human rights of others and believe this is best done by working with the UN.