HC Deb 26 April 1999 vol 330 c35W
Mr. Viggers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he has received about the basis in international law for the military action by the United Kingdom and its NATO allies against Serbia. [82068]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

The action being taken is an exceptional measure to halt an overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe.

Every means short of force was tried to avert this situation. In these circumstances, and as an exceptional measure on grounds of overwhelming humanitarian necessity, military intervention is legally justifiable under international law.