Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson voted against a report on Common Foreign and Security Policy Report before the EU Parliament sitting in Strasbourg this week.
Martina Anderson commented:
“I voted against the report on the Common Foreign and Security Policy as it calls for greater cooperation within the EU and between the EU and NATO on these issues.
“I believe that this would direct the EU toward even greater militarisation which merely tackles the symptoms rather than the causes of global conflict and inequalities.
“Today half of the world’s population live in poverty, with one person in eight suffering from malnutrition while we squander billions on weapons and military expeditions.
“Investing in eradication of poverty, which kills approximately 19 people around the world every minute of every day, is a far distant relative of investing in militarisation.
“In 2011, $1,738billion dollars was spent globally on military expenditure. This is a disgraceful misuse of public funds and an indictment of our lack of priority to the plight of the millions facing starvation every minute.
“Sinn Féin supports greater funding for programmes for human rights, through Positive Neutrality, which would lift people out of poverty. After all, poverty is one of the greatest causes of instability, conflict and human suffering affecting the globe today.”