The Executive Committee of the WPC took place in the Indian city of Goa from 26-28 November 2014. The meeting, hosted by the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO), concluded after discussions on the threats to peace in different parts of the world with the following statement:
- The World Peace Council, in its 65th year of struggle, salutes the peace loving forces of the world and calls upon them to fight together with the WPC and its member organizations, against imperialism and its brutal wars, for Peace.
- The WPC identifies today the enemy of peace in the world to be imperialism in all its forms of expression, ideologically, politically, militarily and economically.
- Despite the economic crisis the military expenditure last year (2013), according to SIPRI, has reached worldwide in 2013 the $1,474 trillion, which constitute the 2,4 % of the global GDP. We underline that 37 % of this sum is spent by the USA alone and that altogether the military spending of the USA, NATO and its allies constitute the vast majority of world spending.
- The WPC demands the drastical cuts in the military budgets and the respective dedication to social welfare. In a period of deep capitalist crisis, which is entering its 6th year, more and more people are getting impoverished around the world. At the same time the profits of the big monopolies and multinational corporations, particularly the war industries, are growing. Labor rights and achievements of one century are being attacked and liquidated; the unemployment rates are at their record highest.
- The same forces which benefit from the crisis are launching new wars against other sovereign nations. The USA, its allies from the EU, using NATO as their common war machinery, are using old and new pretexts in order to secure the control of energy resources, markets and spheres of influence in different parts of the world. The wars that we see today are a consequence of such policies.
- The imperialist forces and their allies are also promoting violent regime changes, or “colored revolutions” against other sovereign nations. In their attempts to break up or weaken mineral rich states, they are creating and using, or indirectly supporting, extreme- right and xenophobic groups, including religious fundamentalist armed groups, in the world.
- These policies are being supported by the global corporate media, which hide the truth from the people in the interests of imperialism.
Asia and Pacific
- In Asia and the Pacific, the peoples are witnessing the USA’s “Pivot to Asia” as a part of its plans for the “containment” of China. It plans to deploy 60% of its military forces and equipment in the area, with grave consequences to the peace and stability of the region.
- The USA has signed bilateral agreements with a number of countries, has opened new Military Bases, stationed the 7th Fleet in the Pacific and is planning the deployment of its Missile Defense Shield.
- It plans to deploy 5,000 Special Forces in Australia by 2015 and maintains 28,000 troops in South Korea. The USA is interfering in the existing disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
The WPC supports the resolution of all disputes on the basis of the UN Convention of the Law of the Seas of 1982 and calls upon all sides and especially upon the people of the region to be guided by the principle of the friendship of the peoples, and against any foreign interference. The WPC denounces the escalation of the aggression against the Korean people reflected in the recent UN resolution against the DPR Korea and expresses its solidarity with the Korean people. It calls for the removal of the US troops from South Korea and on end to the provocative military exercises of USA with Japan and South Korea in the area and expresses its solidarity with the Korean people aspiration to peaceful reunification.
- The US continues its war in Afghanistan, stationing its military forces there, and is using drone attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Its armed attacks and use of drones are killing a large number of civilians, and remain the single largest source of destabilisation in the region.
The WPC notes with concern the increasing alignment of India with the US foreign policy in the region. The WPC also condemns the actions of the Japanese government which is re-interpreting the Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan to allow the revival of Japanese militarism through the deployment of Japanese troops abroad as part also of the US-Japan military agreements.
- The most tense situation remains in the Middle East, with its rich reserves of oil, and at the same time, the theatre of operations of US, EU and NATO imperialism and its regional allies, as Israel. Most of the current problems of the region stem from past and continuing imperialist interventions, in which imperialism combined with the most reactionary feudal and fundamentalist forces, have acted against the peoples and the anti-imperialist forces. All coups and interventions in the past till its military invasion in Iraq, have led to continued instability and wars in the region.
- It is the same policy that led to the US in building Al Qaeda and Taliban against the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan that received the support of the Soviet Union.
The WPC condemns the ongoing occupation of Iraq and the multiple interferences in the domestic affairs of Syria with the tens of thousands of mercenaries, funded, trained and instructed by the USA, NATO and EU aiming at the violent regime change and redrawing of borders.
- We note in this context with concern the active role of Turkey and the oil monarchies of the Gulf in the framework also of the US-led “alliance of the willing”.
- The WPC is following closely the current 5+1 negotiations with Iran.
- The US has successfully exploited the disastrous impact of sanctions, which have seriously harmed the Iranian economy, in order to advance its imperialist “New Middle East” plan. It is reconfiguring its policies in the region with the fundamental objective of enhancing its economic and political hegemony over the region and controlling its strategic energy resources.
The Palestinian Issue: “Core Issue”
- The Palestinian issue is being called not without reason the “core issue” in the Middle East. The slow ongoing genocide through the israeli occupation of Palestine is creating new sufferings for all the Palestinian people, particularly in the Gaza strip.
- The Palestinian people have been deprived of the right to a sovereign viable Palestine state. They have been oppressed and harassed, killed and jailed.
- If Israel did not have the full support of successive US administrations and the EU, the state of Israel and its army would not be able to carry out its occupation of Palestine for so long.
During the recent, unilateral aggression of Israel in the Gaza strip (July/August 2014), the Israeli war machine killed by air, sea and ground invasion more than 2.194 people, 40% of them women and children. More than 500.000 people are homeless, living in shelters and schools. 5 millions tons of construction materials are needed to build again all that has been destroyed, for the third time in five years. We demand and support the establishment of an independent State of Palestine within the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and its recognition by the UN as a full Member State. The genocidal siege of Gaza has to end immediately.
- The Palestinians need to have port and airport facilities and free movement between the Palestinian territories immediately.
- The WPC also demands the release of all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and the right for the return of the Palestinian refugees based on the UN Resolution 194.
- The WPC underlines its demand for the end of the occupation of the Syrian Golan heights and the Lebanese Shebaa farms by Israel.
- The peoples of Europe are facing the consequences of the economic crisis with the highest ever unemployment rates since WW II, with the youth as its worst victims. The governments of the EU countries, together with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF, are imposing new anti-peoples policies, attacks on social services and rights, education and democratic freedoms.
- The EU, a political and economic Union, has turned also into “Military Union” acting in tandem with NATO.
The WPC opposed always NATO from its founding and is categorically against its expansion, and its plans to affiliate Georgia and Ukraine, as decided in its recent summit in Wales.
- Likewise the peoples of the region are threatened by the growing extreme-right, Fascism and Neo- Nazism, as in Ukraine, nurtured by the systemic economic crisis and in order to safeguard through oppression the exploitation of the workers and the peoples.
The WPC denounces the imperialist intervention of the USA, EU and NATO in the Ukraine with the coup last February and the installation of a reactionary government which included fascist and neo-Nazi forces. We also condemn the murderous bombing of the civilian populations in the East Ukrainian region and the chauvinistic attacks on linguistic and ethnic minorities in Ukraine.
- Due to the imperialist wars and aggression, there is a serious concern about the growing waves of refugees and migrants especially in EU member States, which is a humanitarian issue but often being used for cheap labour for the enterprises.
- We denounce the open violation of the sovereignty and Exclusive Economic Zone of the Cyprus Republic by Turkey. We express our solidarity with all Cypriots to end the occupation of the island and for a solution that ensures the unity of the Republic of Cyprus, on the basis of a bi-zonal,bi communal Federation, free from foreign military bases and troops.
- The WPC rejects the plans of the government of Cyprus to affiliate the island into NATO through its “Partnership for Peace” program.
- We denounce the plans for recognition of the EU/NATO Protectorate in Kosovo/Metohija, which is the result of the murderous aggression against Yugoslavia by NATO 15 years ago.
- The WPC expresses serious concern about the militarization of the arctic Zone as an area of inter-imperialist antagonisms.
- The struggles of the peoples of Latin America continue on many fronts:
- The Cuban Revolution in its 56th year continues to be a source of inspiration for the peoples of the region and the world.
- The WPC denounces the inhuman US blockade, the reinforcement of its extraterritorial laws and subversive plans against Socialist Cuba. It also demands the release and return to their homeland of the 3 remaining Cuban antiterrorists in jail who are for 15 years suffering the separation from their country and their families.
- The WPC will continue its struggle and initiatives for the closure and removal of the US Base in Guantanamo, which continues, amongst others, to serve as a concentration camp and military enclave against the will of the Cuban people and government.
- We express our solidarity with the peoples and the anti-imperialist forces in the countries of Latin America who are defending their sovereignty and their right to decide their own path of development.
- We condemn the subversive actions of the US administration and other imperialist forces against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and others, and strongly demand the closure and removal of all foreign military bases from the American continent, which constitute, along with the 4th US Naval Fleet, a daily threat to peace and stability.
The WPC salutes the declaration of CELAC for a Region of Peace, free of foreign military bases and fleets and calls upon the peoples of the area to strengthen their anti-imperialist actions and struggles.
- We express our solidarity to the people of Argentine in their demand for the removal of the British troops from the Malvinas islands in the Pacific Ocean.
- A matter of concern remains also the presence of foreign troops of MINUSTAH in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, for supposed humanitarian purpose.
- The WPC is following the peace talks taking place in Havana between the Colombian government and the insurgency and expresses our solidarity with the Colombian people and their desire to reach a just and durable peace.
- The WPC expresses its deep concern about the increasing police violence against minority population and the United States, especially African American. The recent unjustified killing of a young black man in Ferguson, Missouri and the absence of an indictment of his killer, a member of the local police force, is just one example for the increased repression in the US. The WPC expresses its solidarity with the struggles of the people in Ferguson and nationwide for social justice and civil liberties and freedoms.
- In Africa, brutal exploitation by multinational corporations continues with the full military support of the US and EU.
- The newly created Africom and new US bases in Africa (e.g., Chad), the military interventions of France in Francophone Africa, are a part of imperialism’s direct interventions in Africa.
- Imperialism is also fostering divisions and proxy wars there to make it easier to plunder Africa’s mineral resources.
- The US’s, EU’s and NATO’s interventions in Somalia and Libya have resulted in the collapse of these states, leading to local insurgencies and their spilling over into neighbouring counties.
- France has repeatedly intervened – either directly or covertly – in its erstwhile colonies such as the intervention in the Central African Republic, in Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, etc.
- In Burkina Faso, it helped overthrow the progressive government of Thomas Sankara in 1987 and install the French stooge Blaise Campaore. The WPC salutes the people of Burkina Faso who have recently overthrown the brutal Campaore regime and calls on the people to unite against French government’s attempts to install another puppet regime there.
- West Africa, particularly Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, is facing the huge challenge of the Ebola epidemic, in which thousands have died.
- Ebola is not a difficult disease to control provided there is a functioning public health system.
- It is the resource wars imposed by imperialism– two of the three countries worst affected had civil wars until recently – and the neoliberal economic forces that have dismantled the public health system in these three countries that has prevented the containment of the Ebola epidemic. In the absence of profits, the global pharma industry completely ignores the diseases of the poor such as Ebola, Tuberculosis, etc.
- The WHO, with its now donor driven agenda and tied funds, has insufficient resources for addressing such outbreaks.
- Socialist Cuba’s remarkable internationalist efforts in the Ebola fight by sending 256 health personnel to West Africa, not only requires emulation but to also puts pressure on governments across the world to respond to such crisis with doctors and not with soldiers.
- The WPC reaffirms its solidarity with the people of Western Sahara. We condemn the occupation of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco and underline our solidarity with the just struggle of the Saharawi people, for their inalienable right to self determination under a free and democratic referendum.
WPC Calls and basic campaigns
- Continuing to commemorate its creation 65 years ago (1949/50), the WPC will contribute by its action to enlarge and strength the peace movement, appealing to all peace and anti-imperialist solidarity forces, as well to all peace lovers – without any ideological, religious or political discrimination – to strive for the achievement of the common goal: the creation and strengthening of a secure and just peace for all the peoples of the world.
- The battle for the abolition nuclear weapons we launched in 1950 with the “Stockholm Appeal”, which was signed by hundreds of millions of people, still continues. As a part of this struggle, the WPC will observe in 2015, the 70th anniversary of the brutal bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- The WPC also expresses our solidarity with the Vietnamese people for the horrific consequences of the toxic “Agent Orange” used by the USA in its dirty war in Vietnam. We will observe the 40th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), which marked the end of the war and the national reunification of Vietnam.
- The WPC will mark the 65th anniversary of the beginning of the imperialist aggression of the USA to Korea (1950/53), demanding the removal of the US troops from South Korea and the end of the provocative military exercises of USA with Japan and South Korea and the expression of its solidarity with the aspiration of the Korean people for peaceful reunification of the peninsula.
- In 2015, in the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Peoples against Fascism, the WPC shall take up initiatives to highlight the lessons and conclusions from the glorious struggle of the peoples against fascism, the causes from which it derived and the heroic battles and sacrifices of the peoples of the USSR which had more than 20 million victims.
- The WPC will mobilize for the success of the III. International Seminar for the abolition of Foreign Military Bases in Guantanamo province of Cuba in November 2015.
- The WPC will rally forces and unite forces for the recognition of the Independent State of Palestine within the borders 4/June ’67 as independent member state of the UN.
- The WPC will observe the 70th anniversary of the UN charter (1945) and 40th anniversary of the Final Act of the Helsinki Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1975), stressing the timeliness and the need to respect its principles.
- The WPC will observe the 60th anniversary of the Bandung conference which led to the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement.
- The WPC Secretariat shall explore the conditions for holding of Secretariat and EC meetings within the year 2015
The Executive Committee expresses its sincere thanks to the people of Goa, the Goa unit of All India Peace & Solidarity Organisation for hosting this meeting and providing warm hospitality to all participants.