by the General Confederation of Trade Unions concerning
the threat of military aggression against Iraq
Moscow, 24 January 2003
The General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating trade union
centres in CIS countries and industrial Trade Union Internationals of the
region expresses its great alarm at the bellicose statements and active war
preparations by the United States, Britain and some of their NATO allies
for aggression against the Republic of Iraq.
Realisation of this threat against a sovereign state, whatever the excuses
and arguments, cannot be justified either from the moral or from the legal
point of view. The ongoing preparations violate all rules of international
law, and run counter to world public opinion and the position held by
most of UN member states
Ignoring the report of the UN commission of experts and the opinion of
the world community, the USA and Britain a priori accuse Iraq of evil
intent and production of mass destruction weapons, while building up hastily
their military presence in defiance of the mass protests that have swept
actually across the world.
Unleashing a war on Iraq would result in unpredictable growth of tension
in that explosive region, huge ecological damage, numerous victims among
the civilian population and workers, destruction of houses and social
objects, and heavy damage to the country's economy that has been
suffering from economic sanction for many years.
The General Confederation of Trade Unions calls on the ICFTU, WFTU, WCL,
ETUC, ICATU, OATUU, and all national trade union organisations to combine
their efforts in order to stop the impending threat of a new war on Iraq.
We particularly address our counterparts in the USA and Britain, first of
all the AFL-CIO and the TUC, urging them to use their prestige and their
influence on their respective governments to avert the unprovoked
aggression against the Iraqi people.
The GCTU appeals to the United Nations to prevent the attack by the USA
and its allies on Iraq, find the ways to a peaceful settlement of the
conflict, and, eventually, let the Iraqi people live and work in peace
in their own country.
We call on our affiliates to express their support for and solidarity
with the people and workers of Iraq, and join with the protests by the
world public in their demand that the approaching tragedy be stopped
General Confederation of Trade Unions