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No to War - No to NATO

Appeal agreed in Stuttgart 5th October 2008

10/05/2008 On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the NATO military organisation, we appeal to all people to come to Strasbourg and Kehl in April 2009, to protest against NATO’s aggressive military and nuclear policies, and assert our vision of a just world free of war. NATO is an increasing obstacle to achieving world peace. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has reinvented itself as a tool for military action by the “international community”, including the promotion of the so-called “war on terror”.

In reality it is a vehicle for US-led use of force with military bases on all continents, bypassing the United Nations and the system of international law, accelerating militarisation and escalating arms expenditure – NATO countries account for 75% of global military expenditure. Pursuing that expansionist agenda since 1991, designed to advance strategic and resource interests, NATO has waged war in the Balkans, under the guise of so-called “humanitarian war”, and has waged seven years of brutal war in Afghanistan, where the tragic situation is escalating and the war has expanded into Pakistan.

In Europe NATO is worsening tensions, feeding the arms race with so-called “missile defence”, a massive nuclear arsenal and a nuclear first strike policy. EU policy is increasingly tied to NATO. NATO’s ongoing and potential expansion into eastern Europe and beyond, and its “out of area” operations are making the world a more dangerous place. The conflict in the Caucasus is a clear indication of the dangers. Each advance of the NATO border increases the possibility of war, including the use of nuclear weapons.

To achieve our vision of a peaceful world, we reject military responses to global and regional crises – these are part of the problem not part of the solution. We refuse to live under the terror of nuclear weapons, and reject a new arms race. We must decrease military expenditure – directing resources instead to meeting human needs. We must close down all foreign military bases. We oppose all military structures used for military intervention. We must democratise and demilitarise the relations between peoples and establish new forms of peaceful cooperation to build a more secure and just world.

We call on you to spread this message in your communities and movements,
to come to Strasbourg and Kehl and to make this vision a reality. We believe that a world of peace is possible.

No to war
No to NATO.

The activities during the anti-NATO protest will include a demonstration on Saturday 4th April, an international conference from Thursday 2nd April to Sunday 5th April, direct action and civil disobedience, and an international resistance camp from Wednesday 1st April to Sunday 5th April.

Aachener Friedenspreis e.V.
Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst für den Frieden (AGDF)
Aktionsgemeinschaft Friedenswoche Minden
Bildungs- und Begegnungsstätte für
gewaltfreie Aktion KURVE Wustrow
Bremer Aktion für Kinder (BAKI)
Bund demokratischer WissenschaftlerInnen (BdWi)
Bund für Soziale Verteidigung (BSV)
Bundesverband Bürgerinitiativen Umweltschutz (BBU)
Christen für gerechte Wirtschaftsordnung (CGW)
Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft – Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen
Evangelische Arbeitsgemeinschaft zur Betreuung von
Kriegsdienstverweigerern (EAK)
Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche in Deutschland – Friedensausschüsse
Frauen in Schwarz Hamburg
Frauen in Schwarz Köln
Frauennetzwerk für den Frieden e.V.
Friedensbündnis Hannover
Friedensforum Münster
Friedensgruppe Altenholz
Friedensinitiative Nottuln e.V.
Friedensinitiative Würselen
Friedensrat Müllheim
Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst
Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW),
Infostelle für Friedensarbeit, Meckenheim
IALANA (International Association of Lawyers against
Nuclear Arms)
IFIAS (Institute for International Assistance and Solidarity)
IPPNW, Deutsche Sektion der internationalen Ärzte zur Verhütung des Atomkrieges / Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung
Internationale Frauenliga für Frieden und Freiheit
Internationaler Versöhnungsbund – deutscher Zweig
Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
Koordinierungsausschuss der Friedensbewegung in der Region Ingolstadt
Lebenshaus Schwäbische Alb
Leserinitiative Publik e.V.
Menschen für den Frieden, Anti-Kriegsbündnis Düsseldorf
Mönchengladbacher Friedensforum
NaturwissenschaftlerInnen-Initiative “Verantwortung für Frieden und Zukunftsfähigkeit”
Netzwerk Friedenskooperative
Netzwerk Friedenssteuer
Ökumenisches Friedensnetz
Düsseldorfer Christinnen und Christen
Ökumenisches Zentrum für Umwelt-, Friedens- und Eine-Welt-Arbeit, Berlin
Pädagoginnen und Pädagogen für den Frieden (PPF)
pax christi – Deutsche Sektion
Rhöner Friedenswerkstatt im UNESCO Biosphärenreservat,
Sichelschmiede, Werkstatt für Friedensarbeit in der Kyritz-
Ruppiner Heide
Werkstatt für Gewaltfreie Aktion, Baden


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