Made by participants in the International Conference against the Militarization of Europe
PEACE DOESN'T NEED NEW MISSILES -
We say no to the US missile defense system in Europe
Faced with new US military plans to begin official negotiations with the Czech and Polish governments on May 10th, the signatories of this paper declare:
We voice our protest against the plans of the Bush administration to install a "national missile defense system" for the US on the territory of the Czech Republic and Poland. Most people in the Czech Republic and Poland, as well as in the rest of Europe, reject plans to host this system. We reject the official reasons given for the NMD project as mere pretexts.
The realisation of the US plan will not lead to enhanced security. On the contrary - it will lead to new dangers and insecurities.
Although it is described as 'defensive', in reality it will allow the United States to attack other countries without fear of retaliation. It will also put 'host' countries on the front line in future US wars.
The governments of Poland and the Czech Republic recklessly risk unleashing a new arms race, jeopardising the present framework of international agreements on nuclear non-proliferation and conventional arms control throughout the world, but especially in Europe.
What we really need is disarmament as a precondition to peace and genuine human security.
To face the impending ecological crisis we need international cooperation and trust, not confrontation.
Peace initiatives, democratic and emancipatory political forces, women's and environmentalist movements, trade unions and faith activists must come together in their resistance to this attempt to play one European country off against the other. We see our protest as part of a global movement against all foreign military bases and other infrastructure used for wars of aggression. It is a contribution to building peace in Europe and the world, and to empowering local communities to act together and protect their rights and guarantee their public role.
European Union and Nato states must not participate in this new military adventure of the Bush administration. Peace remains our foremost task.
We demand of those responsible in the European Union, especially President Klaus and President Kaczynski, to listen to the will of the people of the European Union. We demand that they act democratically and hold binding referendums on the deployment of NMD components in their countries.
We emphatically reject the attempt to legitimise the US plans through the back-door of NATO and EU decision-making. Across a wide range of nationalities and walks of life, we call on you: Together let us do everything to prevent Europe from becoming the stage for a new arms race and a new politics of confrontation.
We call on all people to take part in demonstrations and to speak with and write to their elected representatives, members of government and heads of state, to tell them that they do not want a new politics of confrontation and that this will be remembered at the polls.
The participants of the International Conference against the Militarization of Europe
Prague, 5 May 2007
Helena Franke, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic
Thomas Franke, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic
Rudolf Převrátil, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic
Ivona Novomestská, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic
Jan Májíček, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic
Karel Černík, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic
Zdenka Řeháková, Czech Republic
Dagmar Wernerová, Czech Republic
Oskar Krejčí, politolog, Czech Republic
Maciej Konieczny, Stop Bazom USA / Mlodzi Socjalisci, Poland
Cinzia Della Porta, Disarmiamoli!, Italy
Tobias Pflüger, MdEP
Marko Forberger, Lavka.info (network for left policy in C\E Europe)
Jule Nagel, Lavka.info
Thomas Kachel, Lavka. info
Stanislav Holubec, Lavka.info
Petak Peter, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary
Solyom Alex, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary
Lenard Kata, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary
Nagy Erzsebet, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary
Thiesz Angela, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary
Pamuki Krisztian, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary
Hans Lammerant, Bombspotting – Vredesactie, Belgium
Roland Nivet, Mouvement de la Paix, France
Yves-Jean Gallas, Mouvement de la Paix, France
Hannelore Toelke, Deutscher Friedensrat, Germany
Kate Hudson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, United Kingdom
Athanasios Pafilis, World Peace Council, Greece
Boleslaw Saszczuk, Stowarzyszenie Stop Tarczy, Poland
Andrzej Zebrowski, Inicjatywa Stop Wojne, Poland
Gvazyna Stawowska, Inicjatywa Stop Wojne, Poland