Mail-Alarm: EU-topmøde 19/10 genvurderer USAs og UKs militære intervention i Afghanistan
PLEASE SPREAD THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS IN THE EU AND ELSEWHERE
Subject: [Tp2000-l] FAX ALARM: EU Meeting 19/10
From: "D.A.HELLER" <D.A.Heller@geo.hull.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 21:58:33 +0100 (BST)
PLEASE SPREAD THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS IN THE EU AND ELSEWHERE...
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (in his capacity as EU Chairman)
has announced his intention to review the US and British military
intervention in Afghanistan. This review will take place this Friday,
19th October, when Belgium hosts an informal meeting of the EU heads of
We ask you to fax the following letter to Guy Verhofstadt, who will be
chairing the meeting, asking him to withdraw Belgian support for the US
and UK military intervention. The fax also asks him to put pressure on
the other EU member states to withdraw their support for the military
action. This is a crucial time to send this message to Verhofstadt, not
only because of the European summit, but also because a number of his
coalition partners are withdrawing their support for the military
We are asking NGOs to fax this message to the Belgian Prime Minister.
Fax number: +32 2 512 69 53
Individuals can fax the letter, or send it by email to:
NGOs based in EU member states might also like to send a fax to their
Head of State or Head of Government.
Please send us a message (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know that
you have sent the fax.
For Mother Earth
Maria Hendrikaplein 5
To EU Chairman
and Prime Minister of Belgium
Fax: 02 512 69 53
Dear Mr Guy Verhofstadt,
Our Non-Governmental Organisation urges you to use your position of EU
Chairman to propose to your colleagues at the EU Summit in Gent an
immediate halt to the military intervention in Afghanistan.
The dreadful events of 11th September in New York and Washington shocked
the world. We write in solidarity with the victims of violence around the
However, war is not the correct answer to terrorism. The current military
actions being undertaken by the United States and United Kingdom will
only cause more hardship for the people of Afghanistan, who have already
had to endure many years of war. There are already reliable reports of
many civilian deaths as a result of the bombardment, and more deaths are
innevitable if the bombing continues.
Rather than weakening the position of Bin Laden and the Taliban, the
bombing is provoking anger and renewed threats of terrorism. Last
century, Ghandi warned us that "An eye for an eye makes everyone blind".
We must take a stand and break this spiral of violence.
The current military intervention is motivated by revenge. It will not
bring justice. For a real, lasting, solution to the problem of terrorism,
we must invest in strategies of conflict prevention, and address the
underlying problems that create a breeding ground for terrorism: poverty
and the global inequality between North and South. We need investment in
development programmes, not in armaments.
We urge you to follow your green and social democrat coalition
colleagues, and to withdraw Belgian and EU support for the US and UK
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