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Re: Demonstration on Parliament Hill on Sunday, April 18 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Ottawa)



There is a difference between the Serbian people and the Serbian state.
NATO has inflamed state terror and ethnic conflict in the region, and this
war (and Canada's involvement) should be condemned not blindly supported.
This war has little to do with remedying the situation in the Balkans.  Just
yesterday, the U.S. generals were on T.V. saying that they would "not
apologize" for "collateral damage" in the form of 40 Kosovar refugees killed
by NATO bombs.

I would support a genuine U.N.-led intervention to secure peace in Kosovo
and Yugoslavia, but the root of the problems in this country are not going
to be solved by this current campaign.  I wish I shared your optimism --
just remember, NATO can militarily force a victory and a NATO settlement if
it wants to, but at what cost?

For a more moral and just world based on the respect for the fundamental
human rights of all citizens regardless of ethnicity, religion, sex, and
other designations contained within United Nations Declaration, respectfully,

John

At 11:47 AM 4/15/99 -0400, Khalid Lasfar wrote:
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
>The Canadian Friends of the Kosovarsí Committee is holding a community
>demonstration
>on Parliament Hill on Sunday, April 18 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
>
>The community demonstration is aimed at encouraging current Canadian
>and NATO intervention and actions in the Balkans.  The objectives of the
>demonstration are:
>
>∑ To support the Canadian and NATO sailors, soldiers and airmen fighting
>
>  for a more moral and just world based on the respect for the
>fundamental human rights
>  of all citizens regardless of ethnicity, religion, sex, and other
>designations contained
>  within United Nations Declaration on the Rights Of Man
>∑ To protest the cruel and calculated ethnic cleansing perpetrated by
>the Milosevic regime
>  against the innocent Kosovar people reminiscent of the Killing Fields
>of Cambodia
>∑ To shun negotiations with alleged war criminals like Slobodan
>Milosevic,
>  and force unqualified Serbian compliance with international covenants
>on human rights
>∑  To suggest an equitable solution for the self-determination of the
>Kosovo people
>∑  To offer moral and material support to the Kosovar refugees on
>arrival in Canada.
>
>We welcome the Government of Canada's decision to airlift Kosovo
>refugees
>from Albania and Macedonia to Canada and offering humanitarian
>assistance
>to the needy on their arrival with an understanding of the international
>obligations
>to ensure their right of return to Kosovo, and their safety within their
>homeland
>free of Serbian repression.
>
>Individual and families are encouraged to come out to this community
>demonstration
>in front of Parliament Hill to show support of  our Government's
>commitment
>to fight Serbian genocide against the innocent people of Kosovo
>on Sunday, April 18 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
>You are also encouraged to send this message to your friends
>and colleagues and encourage them to come out to protest against
>Serbian state-sponsored terror against helpless Kosovar civilians.
>
>For more information please contact:
>
>CANADIAN FRIENDS OF THE KOSOVARS
>Box 322 Station "B", Ottawa K1P 6C4
>
>Djenana Campara, Co-chair
>Tel:  (613) 825-7238 or
>         (613) 763-2945
>Fax: (613) 825-4964
>
>L. Ben-Tahir, Co-chair
>Tel:  (613) 234-0707
>Fax: (613) 234-0707 or
>         (613) 234-0711
>
>
>
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