Self-determination for Kosova!
The following international statement has been initiated by Green Left Weekly. (NSW, Autralia)
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We oppose both the US-led NATO war against Serbia/Yugoslavia and the Serbian authorities' genocidal campaign of terror against the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosova (the region termed "Kosovo" by the Serbian regime). We support the right of the Kosovar people to self-determination, which includes their right to independence from Serbia.
The NATO powers' war against Serbia/Yugoslavia has nothing to do with defending the Kosovar people against Serbian persecution, which began a decade ago and which these powers did nothing against.
The real purpose for the US/NATO war is two-fold: first, to win greater public acceptance for the right of the US government to use its war machine anywhere in the world; second, to block the Kosovar people's struggle for independence from Serbia. The NATO powers have consistently opposed this struggle, denouncing the Kosova Liberation Army as "terrorists", and insisting that Kosova remain part of Serbia, regardless of what the Kosovar people want.
The NATO powers only began to express opposition to the Serbian government's repression in Kosova when the Kosova Albanians began an armed resistance to this repression. NATO began to insist that Serbia allow NATO troops to occupy Kosova and disarm the KLA because the NATO powers had lost confidence in the Serbian authorities' ability to crush the Kosovar armed resistance movement.
The NATO war against Serbia/Yugoslavia will do nothing to bring about a just settlement of the Serbian/Kosovar conflict, which can only be based upon recognition of the Kosova Albanians' right to decide their own affairs free of both Serbian and NATO interference.
For these reasons, we believe it is necessary to oppose US/NATO military intervention in the Balkans, to demand an immediate halt to the NATO military campaign against Serbia, the immediate withdrawal of all Serbian military forces from Kosova and removal of all restrictions imposed on the ability of the Kosova Albanians to defend themselves (including the UN-NATO arms embargo).
Endorsed by (organisations and positions for identification purposes only unless indicated otherwise):
Australia -- Lisa Macdonald, editor, Green Left Weekly; John Percy, national secretary, Democratic Socialist Party; Allen Myers, editor, Links; Michael Karadjis, delegate Australian Services Union; Max Lane, national coordinator, Action in Solidarity for Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET); Sean Healy, national coordinator, Resistance; Dr Helen Jarvis, Asia Pacific Institute for Democratisation and Development; Neville Spencer, editor, Venceremos; Pip Hinman, Asia Pacific Women's Solidarity Network; University of Queensland Union; Kate Carr, education officer, Griffith University Students Representative Council (SRC); Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament (Brisbane); Jabiluka Action Group (Brisbane); Jabiluka Action Group (Sydney); Dave Holmes, Resistance Books; Stephen O'Brien, Committees in Solidarity with Central America and the Caribbean (CISLAC); Dr Kamala Emanuel, medical practitioner; Bob Hendricks, Queensland secretary, CEPU Electrical Division; Peter Boyle, New Course Publications; Dr Tuntuni Bhattacharyya, medical practitioner; Jill Hickson, film-maker; Aaron Benedek, education officer, Sydney University SRC; Tim Gooden, secretary, ACT government section, Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU); Philippa Stanford, section councillor, Centrelink section, CPSU; Mark Cronin, section councillor, Centrelink section, CPSU; Dr Jeremy Smith, lecturer, University of Ballarat, National Tertiary Education Industry Union national councillor; Melanie Sjoberg, organiser, Public Service Association (SA); Maurice Sibelle, coordinator, Victorian TAFE Students and Apprentices Network (VTSAN); Sarah Lantz, student research officer, VTSAN; Dr Margaret Perrot, medical practitioner; Chris Latham, coordinator, Australia-Indonesia Student Solidarity Brigade; Allen Jennings, CISLAC Victoria; Ertugral Titiz, Kurdish activist; Mark Abberton, education officer, RMIT TAFE Students' Association; Natasha Izatt, women's officer, RMIT TAFE Students' Association; Vannessa Hearman, ASIET Victoria; Trisha Reimers, women's officer, University of WA Student Guild; Amanda Lawrence, women's officer, University of Canberra Students' Association; Angela Luvera, National Union of Students' NSW Women's Committee; Peter Robson, NUS Queensland Education Committee; Lekkie Hopkins, Edith Cowan University; Canberra Rape Crisis Centre; Natalie Gourgard, postgraduate vice-president, University of Queensland Union; John van der Velden; Paul Kringas; Bertie Sebastian Pillai, medical officer, Darwin; Dave Riley, the Satire Workshop; Lev Lafayette, policy convener, Labor Left, Victoria; Michael Birch, Tuntablle Falls.
Brazil -- Brazilian Socialist Youth JR8.
Britain -- John Pilger, journalist, author and film-maker; Duncan Chapple, Socialist Democracy; Pete Brown, Independent Labour Network; Garrett Mullan, national committee member, Socialist Party; Spencer Fitz-Gibbon, defence spokesperson, England and Wales Green Party.
Canada -- Sid Shniad, research director, Telecommunications Workers Union; Becky Ellis, New Socialist Group; Richard Fidler; Marc Bonhomme, Parti de la Démocratie Socialiste, Québec; PK Murphy, freelance editor, Toronto; Susan Stout, human/women's rights activist, Vancouver. Denmark -- Sven Gorn Hansen, editor, Socialisten Weekend.
France -- Roland Pfefferkorn, Marc-Bloch University.
Greece -- Dodong Valencia, KASAPI HELLAS; Andreas Kloke, teacher, Athens. India -- Himali Kapil, Comet Media Foundation, Mumbai. Indonesia -- Dhyta Caturani, international department, People's Democratic Party; Wardah Hafidz, Urban Poor Consortium; Dr Dede Oetomo, lecturer, Universitas Airlangga Surabaya.
Italy -- Renato Scarola, for the national secretary, Socialismo Rivoluzionario; Antonella Pelillo, president, National Anti-racist Association.
Japan -- Ichiyo Muto, co-president, People's Plan Study Group (Japan); Rick Mercier, founding member, Sanin Peace Network.
Malaysia -- Dr Syed Husin Ali, president, Malaysian People's Party.
Mexico -- Jose Alvarez Icaza, president, National Center for Social Communication (Mexico); Emilio Amaya, coordinator, Intersyndical Primero de Mayo; Roberto Tooms Semár, Sindicato Trabajadores de Ambientes y Recursos Naturales; Armando Quiroz Izquierda Democrática Popular; Carlos Ramós, coordinator, Nacional Plan de Ayala; Fausto Felix and Juan-Carlos Grajeda, Corriente Crítica del Partido Revolucionario Institucional; Luis Aguilar, Centro Independiente Agraria Campesinos; Alejandro Varas, Frente del Pueblo; Salvador Ramos, Union Obrera Socialista; Jorge Salinas, Corriente de Telefonistas por la Democracía; Manuel Aguilar-Mora, La Liga de Unidad Socialista; Román Munguía Huato, Coordinación Intersyndical; Tomas Vazquez, secretary of records, Union of Academic Workers (SINTA-CONALEP); Razl Jiminez Lescas, Worker and Socialist Unity.
Nepal -- General Federation of Trade Unions (GEFONT).
Norway -- Nils P. Lie-Gjeseth, Red Alliance.
Philippines -- Sonny Melencio, Socialist Party of Labour.
Singapore -- Agnes Khoo, women's and workers' rights activist.
South Africa -- Patrick Bond, lecturer, University of Witwatersrand; Anna Weekes, on behalf of the South African Municipal Workers Union; Brian Ashley, coordinator, Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC); Koshin Fukushima, AIDC.
United States -- Mark Hudson, Solidarity; Craig Gebauer; Blanche Grosswald, School of Social Welfare, University of California; James E. Vann; Jay Marvin, KHOW Radio talk-back host, Denver; Isaac Coblentz; Sarah Zimmerman; Rachel Buddeberg; Barbara Cleveland; Sean Mulligan, Georgia; Steve Eckardt, editor, www.SeeingRed.com online magazine. Regional -- T. Rajamoorthy, Regional Council on Human Rights in Asia.
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