Meeting in Athens from May 21-23, 55 Communist and Workers Parties from all continents, adopted the following appeal to stop the NATO war against the people of Yugoslavia: We condemn the ongoing criminal US-NATO bombing against the people of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. We stress the fact that, by this unjust and aggressive war, the principles of the UN Charter and of international law are being brutally violated. The intervention does not in any way take place in defence of any human right whatsoever. Many innocent civilians, both Serbs and ethnic Albanians have already been killed. We consider the war waged by NATO against a country and its people that has chosen to defend at any cost its national independence, its sovereign rights and territorial integrity, crudely expresses the new policies of this aggressive organisation. By its new doctrine, ratified officially during the NATO summit meeting of April 1999 in Washington, NATO has assumed the right to intervene arbitrarily whenever it considers its interests to be at stake. We express our deep concern at the extensive ecological impact that NATO weapons are having in the territory of Yugoslavia and the whole Balkan area. We demand that the criminal NATO bombing be stopped immediately and that any escalation of the war by the use of ground troops be prevented by any means. We call for a solution in the UN framework which * guarantees respect for the territorial integrity and the inviolability of the borders of Yugoslavia; * provides for the autonomy of the Kosovo area with full rights for all minorities living there; * provides for the return of all refugees to their homes, and; * provides for the rehabilitation of the huge material losses suffered by Yugoslavia. We call upon all peoples to intensify their mobilisation against the war, for peace throughout the Balkans and for solidarity and peaceful relations between all peoples.