honor on Sun, 11 Apr 1999 15:36:45 +0100


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Dear Friends,

This is a reposting from the Help B92 emailing list.  Hope this is of some
interest.

Warm greetings

Honor


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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 15:13:51 +0200 (CEST)

APPEAL BY THE SERBIAN NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

Deeply disturbed by NATO destruction and the ordeal of Kosovo Albanians,
we, the representatives of nongovernmental organizations and trade union
"Nezavisnost" (Independence), strongly demand from all those responsible
for this tragedy to immediately create ground for the renewal of the peace
process.

The most powerful military, political and economic powers of the world are
for two weeks incessantly killing people and destroying not only military
but also civilian objects, blowing up bridges and rail tracks, factories
and heating plants, warehouses and basins... At the same time, in fear of
the bombing campaign and military actions by the regime and the KLA,
hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians are, in an unprecedented exodus,
forced to leave their devastated homes and look for salvation in the
tragedy and uncertainty of fleeing. It is obvious that this is a road to
catastrophe, and the peaceful and fair solution to the Kosovo problem
through international mediation we have supported for years, today seems
more distant than ever.

The past activities of our organizations in the field of democratization,
development of a civil society and acceptance of FR Yugoslavia into all
international institutions have been under constant pressure and
intimidation by the Serbian regime. We, as members of civil society
associations have courageously and rationally fought against war and
nationalistic propaganda and in support of human rights. We emphasize that
we have always raised our voices against the repression against Kosovo
Albanians and demanded the respect of their liberties and guarantees for
their rights. We have also requested the return of the autonomy of Kosovo.
We stress that the only connection and cooperation of Serbs and Albanians
during all these years has been preserved among civil society
institutions.

NATO military intervention has undermined all results we have achieved and
endangered the very survival of the civil sector in Serbia. Faced with the
tragic situation we have found ourselves in, and in the name of human
ideas and values, as well as in accordance with all our past activities,
we are demanding:


    - immediate stop to the bombing campaign and all armed movements;
    - resuming of the peace process with international mediation at the
      regional Balkan and European level, as well as in the framework of
      the United Nations;
    - share of responsibility between the European Union and Russia and
      their contribution to the peaceful solution of the crisis;
    - end of the ethnic cleansing process and immediate return of all
      refugees;
    - support to the citizens of Montenegro to preserve peace and
      stability, solve serious consequences of the refugee catastrophe
      and resume with the democratic processes that are underway;
    - we demand that the Serbian and international media inform the
      public in a professional manner and not spur media war, incite
      interethnic hatred, create irrational public opinion and glorify
      force as the ultimate accomplishment of the human mind.

We cannot meet these demands by ourselves. We expect from you to support
our demands and in your initiatives and actions help their
implementation.

Association of Citizens for Democracy, Social Justice and Support to Trade
Unions * Belgrade Circle * Center for Democracy and Free Elections *
Center for Transition to Democracy-ToD * Civic Initiatives * European
Movement in Serbia * Forum for Ethnic Relations, and Foundation for Peace
and Crisis Management * Group 484 * Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in
Serbia * Student Union of Serbia * Union for Truth about Antifascist
Resistance * United Branch Trade Unions NEZAVISNOST * VIN-Weekly Video
News * Women in Black * Yu Lawyers Committee for Human Rights * EKO Centar

In Belgrade, April 6, 1999



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