Independent Scotland would be ‘good world citizen’ says Salmond

The First Minister has told an international television audience how an independent Scotland would be ‘a good world citizen’.

Speaking during an interview for Sir David Frost’s ‘Frost Over the World’ programme on Al Jazeera English broadcast on Saturday evening, First Minister Alex Salmond outlined how Scotland would plan to fulfil its international responsibilities. He particularly highlighted responsibilities in areas like defence, overseas aid and technology transfer and how Scotland will continue to help in these areas.

Mr Salmond said: “We’ll continue to be the best of neighbours, the best of friends with all of the other countries in these islands, but we’re also determined to be good world citizens.

“We want to be fully participating in the European Union and in the international community. With independence, Scotland gets a prosperous economy and a just society and the ability to determine our own future.

“We’ll have our own defence forces attuned to the needs of Scotland. Our aims and intentions would be to cooperate with our allies, with our friends – particularly elsewhere in these islands, but across the European continent and the world. We would be happy and willing to take part in international operations if sanctioned by the United Nations.

“One of the ambitions we have is to see Scotland as a good world citizen, a country not prepared to sanction or to endorse illegal conflicts like the war in Iraq but a country of course willing to help in UN sanctions, operations, to lend a helping hand. Not just in military or in peacekeeping operations, but also in terms of our international obligations of aid policy and technology transfer – which perhaps above all is where Scotland can make a good contribution to this planet as a good world citizen.”