Anti-imperialist Solidarity Meeting
of Latin American Organizations in Baghdad
2 & 3 may, 2001
For the solidarity between peoples
Against US interventionism against Third World
For ending the embargo and the war against Iraq
No to the 'Plan Colombia'
Spanish Campaign for Lifting Sanctions
The Spanish Campaign for Lifting Sanctions on Iraq (SCLSI), which has
been working since 1991 in the Spanish State for the end to the genocide
against the Iraqi people and of US military intervention against Iraq, in
co-operation with the Review Resumen Latinoamericano organised the
ANTI-IMPERIALIST SOLIDARITY MEETING OF LATINAMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS IN BAGHDAD
on 2 and 3 May, 2001, under the slogans 'For solidarity between peoples',
'Against US interventionism against Third World countries', 'For ending
the embargo and the war against Iraq', 'No to the 'Plan Colombia'.
As in previous delegations promoted by our organisation to Iraq, the
SCLSI has previewed for the Latin-American delegates several meetings and
visits in order to let them know the sanctions impact over the Iraqi people
and the regional situation. All the delegates will participate as well in
the meeting of BAGHDAD CONFERENCE that will be held next May 5th and 6th.
Delegates, General secretaries, Presidents and MP of 16 political, social,
Indians, and peasants organisations from all over the American continent
have confirmed their presence.
Argentina: Patria Libre Movement. Support of CORREPI and Madres
de Plaza de Mayo.
Bolivia: Federación de Campesinos del Trópico
and Confederación Única de Trabajadores Campesinos. Support
of Communist Party.
Brasil: Without Land Movement (Movimiento de los Sin Tierra,
MST) & Work Party
Chile: Communist Party of Chile.
Colombia: Communist Party of Colombia. Support of FARC-EP).
Cuba: Communist Party of Cuba and OSPAAAL.
Ecuador: Popular Front. Support of CONAIE and CMS).
El Salvador: National Liberation Front Farabundo Martí
Guatemala: Gutemala National Revolutionaty Union (Unión
Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca, URNG).
Honduras: Democratic Unificated Party (Partiido de Unificación
Perú: Mariateguista Unificated Party (Partido Unificado
Mariateguista) and Comunist Party of Perú.
Puerto Rico: New Independentist Movement. Support of CPRDV from
República Dominicana: Revolution Force (Popular, Caamañist
Venezuela: Fith Republic Movement (Movimiento Quinta República).
The past 17th January saw the commemoration of the tenth anniversary
of the multinational intervention against Iraq in 1991, a war of devastation
which was to eke out till 28 February. If the excuse for unleashing what
was called the Gulf War was to free the Emirate of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation
after the USA foiled any diplomatic settlement for more than
the 40 days the aerial bombing and missile launching campaign lasted, the
USA and its allies deliberately razed the country's civil infrastructure
to the ground (as they would do in 1999 in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia),
causing Iraq damage calculated by the United Nations at more than 22 thousand
Ten years later, the USA is still imposing a genocidal embargo on Iraq
(more than a million and a half civilians have died because of the sanctions)
and daily attacking its population in what is now the largest aerial campaign
since the Vietnam War. After the Gulf War, the USA has endeavoured to impose
its Pax Americana on the Middle East, i.e., to guarantee control
of its oil reserves and maintain Israel's strategic superiority and the
survival of allied Arab regimes.
The aggression against Iraq was the first episode in applying what is
called the "New World Order" which is no more than an unlimited
exercising of US military, political and economic hegemony later repeated
in other parts of the planet. The USA does not hesitate to unleash the whole
devastation of its military might to impose its political projects and,
with them, its economic domination which nowadays we call globalisation.
The neoliberal impositions of international financial agencies (the World
Bank and the IMF) and capitalist expansion of the large consortia are sustained
by this exercising of violence which seeks cynical justification as being
humanitarian or the defence of International Law.
Today, social conquests and peoples' sovereignty are in danger everywhere.
The USA has destroyed every principle of international legitimacy and is
prepared to continue attacking peoples and nations. The USA has not hesitated
to take war even to Europe, to the Balkans, where today it has settled in
military fashion in a powerful way. George designation as new President
is shadowing even more the future for the peoples. Whilst pressure on Iraq
is kept up -being Baghdad attacked last February- Colombia is particularly
threatened: once again, a false excuse, the "fight against drug trafficking"
serves the USA to launch what is known as the 'Plan Colombia', an open declaration
of war against the Colombian people, the intention of which is to finish
off its revolutionary organisations by military action, preventing any process
of negotiation and political solution to the conflict which the country
is experiencing as well as strengthening the siege over Venezuela and the
global Bolivariana Area.
Therefore, the aim of this new initiative of SCLSI is a double one. First,
to encourage a solidarity gesture of the Latin-American left with the Iraqi
people towards the embargo and military aggressions of USA and United Kingdom
in the 10th anniversary of the Gulf War. Second, to promote a global, direct
connection between Latin-American social and political organisations to
the reality of Middle East, taking into consideration that both regional
scenarios -and their peoples- are suffering the same process of political,
economical and cultural re-colonisation and, therefore, they share similar
hopes of collective emancipation and anti-imperialist resistance experiences.
Spanish Campaign for Lifting the Sanctions on
Madrid, April, 2001
ANTI-IMPERIALIST SOLIDARITY MEETING OF LATIN-AMERICAN
ORGANIZATIONS IN BAGHDAD
2nd & 3rd May, 2001
The Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting of Latin-American Organizations
in Baghdad, was successfully celebrated in Baghdad on the 2nd & 3rd
of May, 2001, in an initiative promoted by the Spanish Campaign for Lifting
the Sanctions on Iraq (SCLSI). The Delegates attending the Meeting in representation
of 18 Latin-American Organizations issued a Final Declaration condemning
the Security Council United Nations sanctions regime imposed on Iraq ten
years ago for its genocidal impact over the Iraqi population that "has
to be consider as a violation of Human Rights and War Crimes against Humanity".
Paying tribute to the Iraqi people "for its resistance and creativity
in resisting the embargo", the Final Declaration demands to the Security
Council "the immediate lifting of the sanctions as well as to US and
United Kingdom to end the military aggressions perpetrated against Iraq".
The Final Declaration, that was presented to the Fifth Meeting
of Baghdad Conference Follow-up and Coordination Committee held
on 5-7 May in Baghdad under the presidency of Tareq Aziz, includes
also an Annex in which the Delegates and the organizations they represent
confirm their commitment to implement different proposals to develop and
strength the solidarity with the Arab peoples and between them with the
Iraqi and Palestinian ones.
During their stay in Iraq, the Latin-American Delegates were received
by several Iraqis institutional representatives -Minister of Health and
Minister of Commerce-, met with the Iraqi Woman Federation President, Manal
Yunis, and the United Nations World Food Program Coordinator. The Delegates
paid also visits to Baghdad hospitals and schools and to Al Amiriya Refugee.
The SCLSI express its biggest satisfaction for the success of this initiative
that constitutes an example of solidarity between peoples and look forward
to contribute to strength
The organizations in the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting of Latin-American
Corriente Patria Libre - Argentina
Movimiento Revolucionario 8 de Octubre - Brasil
Partido Comunista de Chile - Chile
Partido Comunista de Colombia - Colombia
Partido Comunista de Cuba - Cuba
Frente Popular - Ecuador
Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional -
Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca - Guatemala
Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas
Honduras - Honduras
Partido de Unificación Democrática - Honduras
Partido Comunista Peruano - Peru
Partido Unificado Mariateguista - Peru
Nuevo Movimiento Independentista - Puerto Rico
Fuerza de la Revolución - República Dominicana
Movimiento de la Quinta República - Venezuela
Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, Africa
América Latina (OSPAAAL) Cuba.