Ulrich Schlüer is a member of the rightwing Swiss People's Party and the House of Representatives.This content was published on March 18, 2003 - 18:50
He was also a vocal opponent of Switzerland joining the United Nations.
swissinfo: Is there a valid reason for going to war?
From the Swiss point of view, there are never any "good" reasons for a war. It is, however, a good time for Switzerland to remember its traditional role of neutrality.
I see this war as the result of a chain of events, and there is no justification for it.
swissinfo: Has the United Nations lost its credibility?
I have always been an opponent of Switzerland's decision to join the UN.
The arguments our opponents used to [justify joining] have now been shown to be an illusion: the illusion that the UN represents the view of the international community.
The UN is unable to solve a conflict; it has lost its credibility. The UN is not just a debaters' club, it was created to peacefully solve crises such as these - and now it has failed.
The UN has passed 17 resolutions in the last 12 years. These resolutions were never [carried out]. Indeed, thousands of bureaucrats have made a living from these resolutions and with this conflict.
America has expressed its clear will. Something must now happen.
swissinfo-interview: Christian Raaflaub (translation: Jacob Greber)
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