Aggression against Yugoslavia
Statement by the Central Committee Secretariat of the Communist Party of Australia. Negotiations between the powers over the conflict in Kosovo are taking place as the The Guardian goes to press, the threat of NATO aggression remains and the bombing by NATO of the sovereign country of Yugoslavia could commence at any time. The hate campaign against the Serbs and the Yugoslav leader, Slobodan Milosevic, continues unabated in the media, obscuring the fact that Yugoslavia is a sovereign country and Kosovo is a recognised part of its territory. Any attack on Yugoslavia would be aggression pure and simple. NATO threatens the military occupation of Kosovo by NATO forces and perhaps even the remaining territory of Yugoslavia. This would be the first time that NATO forces have occupied a sovereign country against that country's will and is a dangerous escalation of NATO's policy of threat and blackmail using its predominant military force. Yugoslavia was last occupied by Nazi military forces during World War II and sparked an heroic war of resistance by the Yugoslav people. The present threat of NATO action has not been discussed by the United Nations Security Council. The UN is being completely ignored by the leading NATO powers. It is a violation of the United Nations Charter which says: "All members shall refrain in the international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State ..." Other reluctant European powers are being pressured by today's warmongers led by Clinton's US and Tony Blair's British Governments. If war should break out it could well spread to other Balkan countries starting a widespread conflagration whose end cannot be foreseen. Any attack on Yugoslavia has already been condemned by the Russian Government which has repeatedly called for the continuation of negotiations. The British and US aggression is aimed to completely dismantle and occupy Yugoslavia and is the next step towards the subjugation of the whole of the Balkans. It also has the purpose of clearing the way for eventual intervention in the Republics of the former Soviet Union. We call on the Australian Government to oppose this intended aggression against a sovereign power and to insist that the issue be referred to the United Nations. The conflict in Kosovo is an internal matter for the Yugoslav Republic and must be settled by negotiations and not by outside military intervention.