Small Party Conference: Green Boss: It Will Always Remain a Peace-Politics Party

Omid Nouripour, federal chairman of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, speaks at the conference of the small Green party. Photo: David Young / dpa

The Greens met in Düsseldorf to discuss the war in Ukraine and other issues. We want to spend the day debating how to ensure safety in these uncertain times.

Düsseldorf – Green Party leader Omid Nouripour has defended military support for Ukraine against the Russian attack, but at the same time has vowed to work for peace.

“We will always remain a party of peace,” Nouripour promised at a small party conference Saturday in Dusseldorf. Green Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in particular did everything she could to prevent the war, but the Kremlin had no interest in it.

As the ruling party, the Greens are facing reality, Nouripour said. This does not mean saying goodbye to efforts to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. Deploying the army should only be “a very, very last resort.” The situation in Ukraine is now forcing the Greens to do things they would not have done a few weeks ago, including the supply of heavy weapons.

Nouripour: The Bundeswehr needs to change massively

“It is our duty as Greens not to give up the historically growing legitimate culture of military restraint. This is and will remain true,” Nouripour said. NATO’s goal, according to which two percent of gross domestic product should be spent on armaments each year, is wrong. The Greens did not agree to anchor in the Basic Law, said Nouripour, who brought a motion by the Federal Executive Committee on Ukraine policy. However, the Bundeswehr had to change massively, for example in procurement. But it is also important to use it against cyber attacks or against disinformation campaigns.

Nouripour warned of a global catastrophe if Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “perfidious plan” to block Ukrainian ports succeeds. Significant grain exports from Ukraine would then be prevented and world hunger would increase. “It can not be defeated for the unscrupulous.” It is not just about helping people in Ukraine, but also preventing it. Regarding the role of former SPD chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Nouripour said: “I also wonder if he still has a mirror on the wall at home.”

Nouripuor condemned rape as a weapon of war

Nouripuor condemned war crimes in Ukraine, including rape as a weapon of war. “Whoever does this or even orders it, can be burned in hell.”

At a small party conference in Düsseldorf, the Greens discuss the war on Russian aggression against Ukraine and the climate-friendly restructuring of the economy. “At the party, like everywhere else in society, we naturally feel insecure about the situation, the war and these critical times,” federal political director Emily Büning explained on Saturday shortly before the official start of the event at 13:00 in the state capital Rhineland. North Westphalia.

Green youth: Procurement system reform is needed

The Greens wanted to spend the day debating “how we can guarantee security in these uncertain times, how we can create the future,” Büning said. The party is aware of its values ​​and willing to take responsibility for difficult considerations and decisions. “Ukraine’s support is needed to ensure peace and prosperity.” Opposition to the planned € 100 billion special fund for the Bundeswehr comes from the Green Youth. Instead of fixing this amount, a procurement system reform is needed “and a determination based on the needs of the necessary military spending before additional funds flow into the Bundeswehr,” says an amendment by the youth organization.

There will also be plenty of room for a debate about an accelerated process of economic change that is committed to climate protection.

The so-called state council of 99 delegates is the first congress of the small Green party since the election of new co-chairs Ricarda Land and Omid Nouripour in late January. The fact that Düsseldorf was chosen as the scene is due to the NRW state elections on 15 May. The Greens were in third place in North Rhine-Westphalia voter polls with about 16 percent.

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