The Guardian February 12, 2003


World communist parties for peace
Stop the aggressive war on Iraq!

Joint statement of Communist, Workers and Left parties

We find ourselves in a critical period, when the USA and Britain are 
escalating preparations to unleash a new imperial war, which NATO also 
decided to support during its Prague summit.

The extensive military capacity of US bases in Europe is being activated 
for the purpose of conducting this war. The preparations being made for 
this war of aggression have led to violations of the constitutions, laws 
and international treaties of specific countries.

In recent days, the US administration has asked its allies, through NATO, 
for additional facilities on their territory and their military 
participation in the "occupation of Iraq".

There can be do doubt that preparations for the war were decided upon in 
advance, regardless of UN resolution 1441 and the work of the UN inspectors 
and regardless of the accommodating measures taken by Iraq in the face of 
UN demands.

It has become increasingly obvious that the planned war will pursue its 
military aim of gaining control of a strategic area, oil and markets. It is 
at the same time an attempt by the US Government to overcome its economic 
crisis and solve its problems at the expense of others.

The war will result in huge losses among the Iraqi people, who have already 
suffered severe hardships as a result of embargo, air strikes and policy of 
Saddam Hussein's regime.

The war on Iraq, which has co-operated with the UN inspectors, will further 
the military aims of the US in the Near East and contrasts sharply with its 
support for the government of Israel and its toleration of the repressive 
occupation of the Palestinians' land.

Aggression against Iraq, which is based on the new US doctrine of "pre-
emptive" strikes, threatens to destabilise the whole region and bring grave 
consequences for human civilisation as a whole.

It poses a huge threat to international peace and the system of 
international law and creates a precedent for other arbitrary acts of 
aggression.

No argument or sleight of hand can legitimise any imposed support by the UN 
for this war.

We condemn the attitude of the governments and political leadership of 
those EU countries, which have failed to take the necessary steps or made 
any effective effort to halt this unjustified war of aggression and 
therefore in practice are supporting the US pro-war policy.

International tension is being further escalated, international relations 
are being militarised, military budgets are being increased and new 
national, EU and NATO "rapid deployment forces" are being created.

On the other hand, the threat of war has led to justified protests 
throughout the world.

There is an unprecedentedly broad mobilisation of world opinion against the 
war, against the US bases and NATO and against the militaristic policies of 
governments.

Many states, including movements of the politically uncommitted, 
intellectuals, artists, politicians and diplomats, are calling for a 
diplomatic, peaceful settlement of the issue.

Our parties, which have already taken various initiatives, are playing an 
active part in this broad anti-war movement and are calling for an even 
more massive mobilisation of the people.

We must intensify the anti-war campaign among the population, at 
workplaces, in the trade unions and the media, in parliaments and wherever 
there is an opportunity to do so.

We must stop the aggressive war on Iraq. We must warn against attempts by 
the big powers to blackmail the UN.

We must oppose any form of European support for the war or participation in 
it.

We demand that our countries do not provide the US with military or other 
facilities to carry out its aggressive aims.

Signed by:

AKEL (Progressive Party of Working People, Cyprus)
Bulgarian Communist Party
Communist Party of Austria
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
Communist Party of Britain
Communist Party of Canada
Communist Party of Denmark
Communist Party of Finland
Communist Party of Greece
Communist Party of Chile
Communist Party of Ireland
Communist Party of Israel
Communist Party of Mexico
Communist Party of Poland
Communist Party of Russian Federation
Communist Party of Slovakia
Communist Party of Spain
Communist Party of Syria
Communist Party of Turkey
Danish Red Green Alliance
German Communist Party (DKP)
Hungarian Workers Party
Iraqi communist Party
Izguierda Unida (United Left of Spain)
New Communist Party of Britain
New Communist Party of the Netherlands
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
Party of Communists of Belarus
Portuguese Communist Party
Rifondazione (Party of the Communist Refounding, Italy)
Romanian Socialist Party
Socialist Party of Latvia
Sudanese Communist Party
Syrian Communist Party
Tudeh Party of Iran
United Left Movement in Luxembourg
Workers' Party of Belgium
Workers' Communist Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Communist Party of Australia is a proud signatory of the joint 
statement and is continuing to fight for peace.

The list of signatories is still open and many more parties are joining in.

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