Wal-Mart Replaces More Than 4,000 Employees With Machines

The Wall Street Journal published a headline today that should strike fear into the heart of every crusaders in the fight for $15: “Robots Are Replacing Workers Where You Shop.” As the story explains, Wal-Mart is replacing some of its non-customer facing workers with robots, like bookkeepers who were responsible for counting and storing the […]

via Wal-Mart Replaces More Than 4,000 Employees With Machines — peoples trust toronto

REJECTION OF THE ERRATIC STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST THE HOMELAND OF BOLÍVAR – STATEMENT FROM MINISTRY OF PEOPLE’S POWER FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS, BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the unbelievable
statement published today by the White House on 07/17/2017.
It is a document of a sort that has never been seen before, which, due
to its poor level and awful quality, makes it difficult to intellectually
understand the intentions of the assailant country. Without a doubt, the
government of the United States is used to humiliating other nations in
its international relations and believes that it will receive as a response
the subordination to which they are accustomed. The trench that the
government of the United States is digging in its relations with Venezuela
makes it difficult to rationally predict its actions for the entire international
community.

The government of the United States, unashamedly, shows its absolute
bias towards the violent and extremist sectors of Venezuelan politics,
which favor the use of terrorism to overthrow a popular and democratic
government.

The moral ruin of the Venezuelan opposition has dragged President
Trump to commit an open aggression against a Latin American country.
We know not who could have written, let alone authorized, a statement
with such a conceptual and moral poverty.

The thin democratic veil of the Venezuelan opposition has fallen, and it
reveals the brutal interventionist force of the U.S. government, which has
been behind the violence suffered by the Venezuelan people in the last
four months.

It is not the first time that we denounce and confront threats as ludicrous
as those contained in this unbelievable document.

We call on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as
on the free peoples of the world, to understand the magnitude of the
brutal threat contained in this imperial statement and to defend the
sovereignty, self-determination, and independence, fundamental
principles of international law.

The original constituent power is contemplated in our Constitution and it
only concerns the Venezuelan people. The National Constituent
Assembly will be elected by the direct, universal, and secret ballot of all
Venezuelans, under the authority of the National Electoral Council, as
contemplated in our legal framework. It is an act of political sovereignty
of the Republic, nothing and no one can stop it. The Constituent
Assembly will go on!

Today, Venezuelan people are free and will respond united against the
insolent threat posed by a xenophobic and racist empire. The antiimperialist
thought of the Liberator is more valid than ever.

“The United States seems destined by Providence to
plague America with misery in the name of liberty”
– Simón Bolívar

What Native Americans Really Think of Some of America’s Biggest Holidays — peoples trust toronto

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J The textbooks teach American children a very different version of some of the country’s most monumental events compared to what Native Americans actually experienced. At a young age, we are given the structure for what to celebrate. We are taught to celebrate a fantasy history that ignores and downplays the displacement and genocide of a people. Some […]

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Against interference, aggression and a coup d’état in Venezuela! – Socorro Gomes, President of the WPC

 

We again denounce the campaign of destabilization and creation of chaos against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a campaign that, on the 27th of June, has escalated with the attacks against the Supreme Court of Justice and the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace, in the capital Caracas.

In the attacks, according to the Venezuelan authorities, a helicopter stolen from the airbase in La Carlota has made 15 shots in the area of the Ministry and then launched four teargas bombs against the Court, in a demonstration of cowardice, with truly terrorist acts. However, we salute the Venezuelan Government’s disposition to deter the attempts made by the violent forces that aim to spark a civil war in the country. These are the forces that the US imperialism defends under the pretext of “promoting democracy”.

The World Peace Council joins all the forces defending the nations’ sovereignty in resistance against the policy of interference, threats and aggressions that are the basis of US and their allies’ (or servants) foreign policy. In Latin America, this policy is growingly translating into the region’s militarization and in the support offered by the imperialist power to the most reactionary forces in the fascist, anti-patriotic right-wing, which goes to great lengths to take the power, although their actions cost the lives of compatriots, the destabilization and the surrender of their countries to foreign dominance.

The promotion of coups, either by force or disguised as judicial processes, is evidently a tactic of imperialism to gain control of the region back, since it is not pleased with the process of independence building, a process in which the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela plays a central role.

Facing the Venezuelan people’s brave resistance against the US interference and threats, the reactionary forces again recur to economic and media war, coup attempts and violence.

Therefore, we resolutely support the Venezuelan people’s determination to keep governing their destiny, with the most recent initiative being the call issued by the Government of President Nicolás Maduro for a people’s Constitutional Assembly, a form of participant democracy that is unknown by the imperialist powers trying to demonize the Bolivarian Republic.

We reiterate our solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the peace forces in the country, such as the International Committee of Solidarity (COSI), a member of the WPC.
On alert against the attempt of coup d’état, we support the Venezuelan people’s right to defend their independence in the quest for a peaceful and sovereign process that can build the solution for the crisis in the country.

Socorro Gomes,
President of the World Peace Council

 

http://wpc-in.org/statements/against-interference-aggression-and-coup-d%C3%A9tat-venezuela-socorro-gomes-president-wpc

US PEACE Council: Halt the U.S. Drive to War with North Korea!

U.S. television news programs (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox) have been pounding the war drums in the last few weeks and days, since North Korea successfully launched a long- range missile. The long drift to war with North Korea[1] has seemingly become, overnight, a U.S. drive to war with North Korea.

With his usual bluster and saber-rattling, President Trump on his recent tour of Europe continued to threaten “severe action” against North Korea. Trump has made matters worse by devolving authority to battlefield commanders who inflame tensions with their own incendiary statements. Example: the U.S. commander in Korea, General Vincent Brooks, stated publicly “the only thing which separates armistice from war” with North Korea is “our self-restraint, which is a choice.”

Anyone is the U.S. could conclude, quite reasonably, that the U.S. is the aggrieved and threatened party; that North Korea obviously wishes to harm the U.S. people; that the U.S. confronts a new danger; that North Korea is the aggressor; that an innocent and remarkably patient U.S. is the intended victim.

Such a conclusion — all of it — would be false. Almost nothing of what the U.S. mainstream media says about North Korea is true. Only a grasp of the history and the broader context can shed light on this Korea Crisis.

A few key facts:

• The U.S. refusal to accept the legitimacy of the North Korean government (DPRK) is part of its long-term policy that any state in the world that follows an independent course is subject to being overthrown by the United States. Economic independence and sovereignty are considered by the U.S. financial and corporate elite as an act of aggression. Therefore, the DPRK, Viet Nam, Cuba, the USSR and now Russia, Syria, Venezuela, China and others have all been targeted by the U.S. politically and militarily. U.S. policy insists that it has the right to curb independent states, to determine a country’s political leaders and socioeconomic system, and to use whatever means it takes – economic sanctions, sabotage, assassination, war — to achieve those goals.

• North Korea acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1985.

• In 1994, the DPRK agreed to freeze its nuclear program in return for the U.S. providing energy materials and generating stations. In January of 2002, President George W. Bush announced that the DPRK was part of the “Axis of Evil,” and subject to regime change and even nuclear annihilation by the US. By the end of 2002, the DPRK had essentially exited the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and began to develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent.

• The notion that North Korea poses a threat to the U.S. is false and absurd. It would be national suicide for the DPRK to start a war with the U.S. or South Korea, which have massively superior military capabilities. The DPRK has never threatened to start such a war, rather it has always asserted that it developed weapons of mass destruction in order to deter the U.S. and its allies from an (often threatened) U.S. attack such as those that decapitated Iraq and Libya. The constant denigration and demonization of the North Korean leadership (they are portrayed invariably as madmen, or clowns, or both) is a strategy to make the Big Lie of a threat from North Korea believable to an ill-informed and fearful U.S. public.

• The DPRK has offered to freeze its nuclear weapons program if the U.S. freezes its war practices targeting that country, actions aimed to precede negotiations. Russia and China have endorsed this approach. The US, however, refuses.

The U.S. is Provoking the Crisis

North Korea would not have a nuclear weapons program if it were not under increasing threat from the U.S., which has been trying to force regime change in the North since 1945 by war, subversion, diplomatic isolation, and economic strangulation.

A recent article noted that,

As University of Chicago history professor Bruce Cumings [a leading U.S. historian of the Korean War], writes, for North Korea the nuclear crisis
began in late February 1993, when General Lee Butler, head of the new U.S. ‘Strategic Command,’ announced that he was retargeting strategic nuclear weapons (i.e., hydrogen bombs) meant for the old U.S.S.R, on North Korea (among other places.) At the same time, the new CIA chief, James Woolsey, testified that North Korea was ‘our most grave current concern.’ By mid-March 1993, tens of thousands of [US] soldiers were carrying out war games in Korea…and in came the B1-B bombers, B-52s from Guam, several naval vessels carrying cruise missiles, and the like: whereupon the North pulled out of the NPT.” [2]

It is the U.S. that has been provoking the DPRK with its stationing of THAAD missile (“Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense”), a first-strike weapon, in South Korea over the last year. The U.S. is now testing the THAAD missiles. US-South Korea practice military maneuvers, which used to recur several times a year, are now almost incessant.

Moreover, the U.S. is further militarizing South Korea. Residents of the South Korean island of Jeju have strongly object to the South Korean military setting up a base on the island, with the possible deployment of the U.S. Navy’s newest Zumwalt-class destroyer “to deter North Korean aggression.”At the end of World War II, after the Japanese Imperialists had been defeated, Jeju Islanders rose up against the US-installed colonial dictatorship of Syngman Rhee. The U.S. responded by employing the former brutal Japanese military rulers to violently put down the protests.

It is the U.S. that, again and again, has refused talks with North Korea’s leadership.

In January [2017], North Korea offered to “sit with the U.S. anytime” to discuss U.S. war games and its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Pyongyang proposed that the United States “contribute to easing tension on the Korean peninsula by temporarily suspending joint military exercises in south Korea and its vicinity this year, and said that in this case the DPRK is ready to take such responsive steps as temporarily suspending the nuclear test over which the U.S. is concerned.”

The North Korean proposal was seconded by China and Russia and recently by South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in. But Washington peremptorily rejected the proposal, refusing to acknowledge any equivalency between US-led war games, which U.S. officials deem ‘legitimate’ and North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, which they label ‘illegitimate.” (Stephen Gowans, ibid.)

Having partitioned Korea in 1945, the U.S. permanently stationed about 40,000 of troops in South Korea after the end of 1950-1953 hostilities and the 1953 armistice. The U.S. still denies Korea a peace treaty, which the DPRK has insisted on. But peace was never the intention of U.S. imperialism. U.S. foreign policy sees Northeast Asia only through the lens of domination.

The permanent occupation of South Korea was aimed at geopolitical control of the region, including elimination of the DPRK and moving U.S. missile and military forces right up to the Chinese and Russian borders. The occupation was symbolized by the giant, yearly provocative military maneuvers by the U.S. and its regional allies, such as South Korea. Such rehearsals for real war with the DPRK have stepped up dramatically in recent months.

Few Americans grasp the enormity of the trauma suffered by millions of Koreans in the war of 1950-53. The war devastated dozens of Korean cities. The U.S. dropped over 428,000 bombs over the capital Pyongyang alone, and killed 1.2 million people. The U.S. war on Korea included the use of napalm. The U.S. war’s brutal and blatant violations of international humanitarian law remain unpunished.

The real nature of U.S. policy to the Korean peninsula is neo-colonial domination, through occupation and partition. This has been so since 1945. The U.S. has stooped to employ the same quislings that had run Korea as a Japanese colony. Prof. Cumings wrote in the London Review of Books:

To shore up their [1945] occupation, the Americans employed every last hireling of the
Japanese they could find, including former officers in the Japanese military like Park Chung Hee and Kim Chae-gyu, both of whom graduated from the American military academy in Seoul in 1946. (After a military takeover in 1961 Park became president of South Korea, lasting a decade and a half until his ex-classmate Kim, by then head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, shot him dead over dinner one night.)

After the Americans left in 1948 the border area around the 38th parallel was under the command of Kim Sok-won, another ex-officer of the Imperial Army, and it was no surprise that after a series of South Korean incursions into the North, full-scale civil war broke out on 25 June 1950. Inside the South itself – whose leaders felt insecure and conscious of the threat from what they called ‘the north wind’ – there was an orgy of state violence against anyone who might somehow be associated with the left or with communism.

The historian Hun Joon Kim found that at least 300,000 people were detained and executed or simply disappeared by the South Korean government in the first few months after conventional war began. My own work and that of John Merrill indicates that somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people died as a result of political violence before June 1950, at the hands either of the South Korean government or the U.S. occupation forces. In her recent book Korea’s Grievous War, which combines archival research, records of mass graves and interviews with relatives of the dead and escapees who fled to Osaka, Su-kyoung Hwang documents the mass killings in villages around the southern coast. In short, the Republic of Korea was one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the early Cold War period; many of the perpetrators of the massacres had served the Japanese in their dirty work – and were then put back into power by the Americans.

The most important new factor is the destabilizing THAAD missiles. According to the U.S. peace organization, Global Network, an authority on questions of war technology, the U.S. has recently deployed the THAAD “missile defense” system in Seongju, South Korea despite massive protests by South Koreans. It is claimed by U.S. authorities that THAAD is there to intercept missiles from North Korea. But many experts believe China and Russia are the real targets, given the enormous range of THAAD radar, which counterproductively intensifies unnecessary military tension in the region. The U.S. has also deployed other “missile defense” systems through the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East to encircle Russia and China. “Missile defense” is a key element in Pentagon first-strike attack planning.

De-escalate Tensions Now!

The U.S. Peace Council joins with other U.S. antiwar organizations in demanding that

• The U.S. must reverse course. De-escalate tension now. No more provocations from the US. The United States and South Korea must immediately cease military maneuvers in the region, providing North Korea with an opportunity to reciprocate. The THAAD missiles near the North Korea-South Korea border must be de-activated and removed.

• The United States must engage in good faith, direct talks with North Korea. Such talks should include the perspective of a peace treaty to end the Korean War. A commitment to denuclearization should not be a precondition for talks with North Korea.

• The United States and all states in the region must stop military actions that could be interpreted as provocative, including such actions as forward deployment of additional military forces by the United States, and the testing or assertion of territorial claims by deploying of military forces in contested areas by any state. Withdrawing U.S. naval forces newly concentrated near the Korean peninsula would be an important confidence-building step.

Korea — all of it — has a right to its sovereignty and independence. The recently elected South Korean leader, Moon Jae-in, represents a break with the repressive and reactionary leaders of the past. He campaigned on a number of progressive ideas — more independence from the US; more engagement with the North. But he has had to contend with bullying by a U.S. Administration bent on heightening tensions. The U.S. has no right to enforce the partition of the Korean peninsula and to block steps to unity and social progress desired by the people of Korea, North and South.
War can still be prevented, but only if the antiwar movement compels the U.S. to reverse course.
_______________________

[1] More properly, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the DPRK. Here the terms will be used interchangeably.

[2] Stephen Gowans in “The Real Reason Washington is Worried about North Korea’s ICBM Test” (What’s Left, July 5, 2017 https://gowans.wordpress.com)

“First Carribean Peace Conference” to be held in Barbados

At the World Peace Council (WPC) Assembly held in Brazil in November 2016 the various Caribbean Peace Organizations that were in attendance and the WPC’s regional coordinator for the Americas and the Caribbean -the Cuban Movement for Peace and People´s Sovereignty (MovPaz)- called for the holding of the First Caribbean Peace Conference in Barbados in the year of 2017.

In a period of deep economic crisis, the Caribbean is facing socioeconomic challenges as well as new dangers and threats to peace, including possible eventual imperialist military interventions against sovereign countries of the region. There is also the frightening spectre of the revival of neoliberalism and fascism in its old and new forms.

Furthermore, the democratic and social achievements of the post-War period, including decolonization and national independence, social, economic and cultural development, and the expansion of the International Rule of Law and respect for national sovereignty have all been systemically and aggressively weakened since the 1990s.

Fortunately, these grave threats to peace, sovereignty, humanity and the natural environment have drawn the attention of the People of the Americas, and especially of the forces of peace and social progress. In this regard, the WPC Assembly while affirming its solidarity with the national political struggles of the progressive forces in South American sister nations such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela, also reiterated its commitment to create awareness among the international public opinion and political leaders on the real benefits of eliminating nuclear weapons and achieving general and total disarmament at world level, and on the social, economic and environmental costs derived from its maintenance.

In light of such a scenario, the World Peace Council has been supporting, in all international forums, the end to foreign military presence and bases in the Caribbean as well as all modalities of regional militarization. In this regard, the Caribbean Peace Organizations, representing the genuine interests of the Caribbean People, will continue to protect our region and will keep protesting against foreign military bases in our region. This is consistent with our full support of the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by the Heads of State and Governments at the Second Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC) Summit Meeting held in Havana in January 2014, which is a true historical milestone, since it is the most profound and politically far-reaching agreement achieved in centuries by our Latin American and Caribbean countries.

The Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration (CMPI) and the Cuban Movement for Peace and People´s Sovereignty (MovPaz) together with the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network In Defence of Humanity (NIDOH-C), invite all justice and peace loving people of our subregion to the First Caribbean Peace Conference in Barbados on October 6-7th, 2017.

This Conference will help our region to strengthen our Caribbean organisations and fights for peace, decolonization, Reparations, and the preservation of our cultural integrity, as well as our campaign against foreign military presences and bases in our region. In addition, it will provide us with an opportunity to express opposition to all forms of imperialist threats and aggressions against the Peoples of the Caribbean and Latin America, and to produce a consensus Declaration which will contain concrete actions and measures to be undertaken in pursuit of our overarching mission to transform our Caribbean into a Zone of Peace and Integration.

By the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration,
Trevor Prescod, President
David Denny, General Secretary

By the World Peace Council & MovPaz
Silvio Platero, WPC Regional Coordinator and President of Cuban MovPaz.

By the International Network In Defence of Humanity
David Comissiong, Coordinator of the Caribbean Chapter.

DECLARATION OF THE CONGRESS OF THE CYPRUS PEACE COUNCIL Nicosia, 8th July 2017

 

The Congress of the Cyprus Peace Council is convening at a time when where:

the imperialist order continues to provoke wars and misery all over the world,

  • the global capitalist crisis is widening the gap between the wealth of the few and the poverty of the majority of the people,
  • drug and human trafficking are booming,
  • military spending and armaments show a huge increase despite the global economic crisis,
  • the environment is under threat for the sake of capital’s profits,
  • our own homeland not only continues to suffer from the tragic consequences of the treacherous fascist coup d’état, Turkish invasion, illegal occupation, and partitionist status quo, but is also from the destructive austerity policies that are increasing social inequalities, humiliating the people and making them poorer.

Having all of this in mind, the Congress of the Cyprus Peace Council held in Nicosia on 8th July 2017 under the slogan “Peace with Justice in Cyprus and the World” declares that it:

  1. Remains faithful to the principles and ideals of peace, justice and the building of a better demilitarized world, without wars and criminal warmongering alliances such as NATO; a world where scientific and technological achievements will be used to eradicate poverty, hunger and diseases; a world that will respect and protect the rights of the peoples and people, as well as the environment.
  2. Stands against the militarization of Europe, the EU’s coupling with NATO, the orientation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) and its military missions and interventions throughout the world. It calls for the dismantling of the military bases and removal of all nuclear weapons from the territory of our continent. It calls for cancellation of the plans for the use of nuclear power in Cyprus, and denounces plans for the promotion of a plant to produce electricity power through the use of nuclear energy in Akkuy, Turkey. At the same time, it strongly reacts to the European decisions that have turned the EU’s economy into a war industry, indeed on the pretext of generating jobs.
  3. Reiterates its belief in the Charter of the United Nations, International Law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and demands their implementation in practice.
  4. Welcomes the development of the World Peace Movement and the efforts to coordinate its activity. In this respect, it particularly welcomes the prominent role played by the World Peace Council, of which our own Council is an integral part and pledges to continue and step up as much as it can its own contribution to the universal effort.
  5. Conveys a warm greeting to the Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins, and calls on it to intensify the difficult struggle against the partitionist status quo for a free and reunited Cyprus, the common homeland of all its children. It expresses its anxiety and willingness for the talks to arrive at a conclusion based on principles and an agreed framework that will ensure a mutually acceptable, viable and workable solution based on International Law, the UN resolutions on Cyprus and the High-Level Agreements; a solution that will safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms in conditions of lasting peace and security. It calls on the international community to put pressure on Turkey so that it abandons its intransigence and complies with the principles of the solution of the Cyprus problem.

 

  1. Considers as pressing the need to intensify our struggle for a solution that will lead to a united country within a federal, bi-zonal, bi-communal state with political equality between the two communities as set out by the United Nations, that will be characterized by a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and one single international personality; a solution that will guarantee fundamental freedoms and human rights for all Cypriots, in a country without foreign troops, guardians and bases. We recall that this is the basic demand of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and the only way for a just under the concrete circumstances solution to the Cyprus problem.

 

  1. Reaffirms, in relation to the above, its firm position in favor of the complete demilitarization of the Republic of Cyprus and the abolition of the British Bases.

 

  1. Strongly opposes the accession of Cyprus to the “Partnership for Peace” program, which is a branch of NATO and does not in any way serve the interests of Cyprus and its people, but instead puts the country in the entrance hall of the NATO war machine, which planned the 1974 twin crime committed against Cyprus. Such a development undermines peace, stability and the future of the children of Cyprus.
  2. Denounces the military cooperation of Cyprus with Israel and demands its immediate termination. At the same time, it calls for the immediate respect for the International Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982
  3. Denounces Turkey’s growing aggression towards the Cypriot people, an aggressive strategic part of the Turkish Government’s policy in pursuit of its goal of enhancing its role as a regional policeman to the benefit of the country’s ruling class and to serve wider imperialist interests.
  4. Expresses its gratitude to the forces all over the world supporting our people’s struggle and expresses its unwavering solidarity with all the peoples fighting against imperialism, for freedom, justice and peace.
  5. Expresses its support and solidarity with all peoples struggling against imperialism. In particular, it expresses its support and solidarity with the heroic and martyr Palestinian people who is resisting the barbarity of the state of Israel and struggling for its freedom and the recognition of a Palestinian state on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as the capital. It expresses its support and solidarity with the suffering people of Syria, with the heroic Cuban people who is resisting the US aggression and American economic, commercial and financial blockade and with the Venezuelan people who is resisting the foreign interventions and interferences in their internal affairs and the US aggression.
  6. Condemns imperialist interventions wherever they are being waged. It denounces in particular the ongoing bloodshed being committed against our neighboring and friendly Syrian people. The main cause of the dramatic conflicts in Syria is the imperialist’s plan, and especially US imperialism, to impose changes to serve specific imperialist plans for the establishment of a “New Middle East” and for the control of the region’s rich resources.
  7. Expresses its solidarity with the thousands of refugees from Syria and the countries of North Africa who are either confronting death in the Mediterranean Sea because of the closure of borders by the countries of the European Union or are trapped in miserable conditions in refugee concentration camps. It demands from all the EU Member States that first, they should make a decisive contribution towards ending the bloodshed in Syria and, second, that they assume their share of responsibility in accommodating refugees and to create humane and dignified open reception spaces.
  8. Joins its voice with the Middle East peace-loving fraternal movements calling for the Middle East to be declared a zone free from all weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological). We call on Israel to sign and respect the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
  9. Demands an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Western Sahara, Afghanistan and, of course Cyprus, as well as the immediate termination of outside interferences and interventions which, on the pretext of existing or non-existent issues relating to minorities, are inciting nationalist and chauvinist outbursts and cultivating civil war conflicts aiming at destabilization and the changing of the borders of states.
  10. The struggle is continuing, together will all the peoples and peace-loving forces for PEACE AND JUSTICE IN CYPRUS AND IN THE WORLD.

 

The Congress of the Cyprus Peace Council calls on all the members of the Peace Council, as well all those who feel the need for promoting peace in Cyprus and in the world, to support the efforts to upgrade its role for a more effective intervention by the movement. The Cyprus Peace Council, improving its organizational capacity in the period ahead, is aiming to:

– decentralize its activity by reactivating its district branches, which are responsible for defining actions and fulfilling their obligations according to the statutes of the CPC.

– making new members from trade union, educational and environmental organizations, from personalities from the arts and letters, sports and from all levels of education, as well as from Members of Parliament, Mayors, doctors, journalists and figures from the mass media.

– strengthen the movement’s bicommunal action with the participation of more of our Turkish Cypriot compatriots,

The Cyprus Peace Council, aiming at developing the peace-loving, anti-imperialist and anti-war sentiment and sense of solidarity among the Cypriot people, in the period ahead is aiming at strengthening the struggles:

– for a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem, for freedom and the reunification of Cyprus in conditions of permanent peace and security,

– for the full demilitarization of Cyprus,

– to rid the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction,

– for denuclearization and disarmament,

– for the dissolution of the NATO imperialist machine and to rid the peoples from imperialist wars,

– for cooperation with fraternal peace movements through the World Peace Council,

– for promoting peace in Cypriot society in collaboration with personalities from the fields of culture, education, media and health.