Medical Aid for Kosovo
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Letter from Centre for
Nonviolent Action - Sarajevo/Belgrade
16 MARCH 2001
The latest news from The Republic of Mecedonia make us very worried.
During the past decade we have witnessed similar news so often and
they frighten us a lot causing fear of another war. And we ask ourselves:
"Again? Again, after all those years of war, atrocities, violence
and madness over here? War again? Ten years of wars around here have
shown us that in the war everybody, except the war profiteers loses.
With this letter we want to articulate our
APPEAL AGAINST VIOLENCE AND WAR
FOR PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE
We address our appeal to all people in order to raise their voice
against another threatening war.
Citizens of Macedonia, see what the war has left behind in Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo and do not let it happen to you as well.
Do not allow yourself to become overtaken by hatred against your fellow
citizens. Do not allow yourself to take arms into your hands. Do not
allow yourself to be overwhelmed with the feeling that "they are all
the same, because they are not, do not forget that. Gather all your
courage and raise your voice against the war, do not keep silent,
because it may be understood as approval. Do not divide people onto
"us and "them, because that is exactly what the war machinery wants
you to do. Determine yourself for peace and nonviolence and raise
your voice against all kinds of violence. You make up the majority.
We were also the majority in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and
Kosovo, but we were too silent, silenced by the violent explosion.
Do not let it happen to you!
Give signs to your fellow citizens which are on the "other side that
you want peace and believe that there are many of them on the other
side who wish the same. Only together you can secure sustainable peace
and constructive cooperation. If you do not feel the tension or here
shooting in your place of living, do not turn your head away thinking
that it is far enough away from you.
Appeal to all sides in the conflict to stop violence. It is your human
right to live in peace. Demand it! Demand all your human rights and
Bear in mind that the way of violence can not be a legitimate mean
to achieve political goals and citizens rights. Be brave and decide
for dialogue and cooperation, for the way of nonviolence. We understand
that it takes lot more courage, strength and will, but it is worth
of trying to build stabile relationship of mutual interest. It is
worth deciding for peace.
We appeal to all military and paramilitary conscripts to resist conscription
and mobilisation. We appeal to all people, in particular the governments
to offer shelter and support to war resisters and all other refugees.
We deeply sympathise with victims of violence and their closest ones.
Centar za nenasilnu akciju - Sarajevo/Beograd
Centar za nenasilnu akciju - Sarajevo
Centre for Nonviolent Action - Sarajevo
Bentbasa 31, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH
Tel/Fax: + 387 33 440-417