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NATO Riga Summit Declaration Revised to Apply to the Demise of NATO PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 November 2006 06:21

2006 November 29

NATO Riga Summit Declaration Revised to Apply to the Demise of NATO
by Joan Russow

Today, NATO released the Riga Summit Declaration. The NATO states erred in presuming that NATO is an organization that is not a threat to global security. The following is a proposed revision to the Declaration. A revision that would protect the global community from the threat posed by NATO states.

 


NATO Riga Summit Declaration Revised to apply to the demise of NATO

Issued by the Heads of State and Government
participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council
in Riga on 29 November 2006


revised by
Joan Russow PhD, Global Compliance Research project
1. We, the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, reaffirm today in Riga our resolve to meet the CHALLENGES OF COMMON SECURITY. COMMON SECURITY Our 26 nations are united in democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law, and faithful to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter. TRUE SECURITY- IS NOT "HUMAN SECURITY" WHICH HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO "HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION" AND USED ALONG WITH THE "RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT" NOTION TO JUSTIFY MILITARY INTERVENTION IN OTHER STATES.

TRUE SECURITY IS COMMON SECURITY AND INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:

? TO PROMOTE AND FULLY GUARANTEE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INCLUDING LABOUR RIGHTS, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS- RIGHT TO FOOD, RIGHT TO HOUSING, RIGHT TO UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE NOT FOR PROFIT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM , RIGHT TO EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE;
? TO ENABLE SOCIALLY EQUITABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND EMPLOYMENT, AND ENSURE THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT;
? TO ACHIEVE A STATE OF PEACE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND DISARMAMENT; THROUGH REALLOCATION OF MILITARY EXPENSES
? TO CREATE A GLOBAL STRUCTURE THAT RESPECTS THE RULE OF LAW ; AND
? TO ENSURE THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, RESPECT THE INHERENT WORTH OF NATURE BEYOND HUMAN PURPOSE REDUCE THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT AND MOVE AWAY FROM THE CURRENT MODEL OF OVERCONSUMPTIVE DEVELOPMENT.

FOR YEARS, THROUGH CONVENTIONS, TREATIES AND COVENANTS, THROUGH CONFERENCE ACTION PLANS, AND THROUGH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS, MEMBER STATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS HAVE INCURRED OBLIGATIONS, MADE COMMITMENTS AND CREATED EXPECTATIONS RELATED TO THE FURTHERANCE OF COMMON SECURITY.
2. The principle of the indivisibility of COMMON security is fundamental, and our solidarity gives us the strength to meet new challenges together. In today?s evolving COMMON security we confront complex, sometimes inter-related threats such as UNILATERAL ACTIONS OF PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES, STATE TERRORISM, AND THE DISREGARD FOR THE INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW AND THE UNITED NATIONS. WE OPPOSE THE CONTINUED FAILURE BY THE NUCLEAR ARMS STATES INCLUDING THE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL IN THEIR FAILURE TO DISCHARGE THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER ARTICLE VI OF THE NUCLEAR NON PROLIFERATION. WE ALSO CONDEMN THE MINING AND EXPORT OF URANIUM AND THE SIGNIFICANT LINKING OF CIVIL NUCLEAR ENERGY WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
3. WE RECOGNIZE THAT NATO HAS FAILED IN ITS SO-CALLED HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION IN YUGOSLAVIA, AND HAS ERRED IN ITS ACCEPTANCE OF THE US MISINTERPRETATION OF ARTICLE 51- SELF DEFENCE TO JUSTIFY THE US ACT OF REVENGE IN AFGHANISTAN. WE ALSO DEPLORE THE NATO STATES VIOLATION OF THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE, AND NATO?S CONDONING OF THE USE OF WEAPONS SUCH AS DEPLETED URANIUM WHICH IS IN VIOLATION OF PROTOCOLS UNDER THE GENEVA CONVENTION. IN ADDITION, WE REGRET THAT KEY NATO STATES HAVE NOT RATIFIED THE CONVENTION ON LAND MINES AS WELL AS THE PROTOCOL V OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS. IN ADDITION WE ARE CONDEMN THE US POLICY OF ?PREVENTIVE OR PR-EMPTIVE? AGGRESSION AGAINST IRAQ
4. WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE KARZAI GOVERNMENT IS ESSENTIALLY A US PUPPET GOVERNMENT. WE OPPOSE THE CURRENT BOMB, BLAST, BRUTE AND BRIBE CAMPAIGN IN AFGHANISTAN. THROUGH THIS SKEWED CAMPAIGN NATO STATES HAVE VIOLATED THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS. SINCE 2001, MOST OF THE NATO COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN BELLIGERENTS IN AFGHANISTAN. THE CURRENT "MISSION" DESCRIBED AS A 3D - DEFENSE, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIPLOMACY- MISSION VIOLATES A FUNDAMENTAL INTERNATIONAL PRINCIPLE THAT A BELLIGERENT STATE SHOULD NEVER BE INVOLVED ON THE GROUND IN RECONSTRUCTION. NATO STATES ARE SUPPORTING A 3 B CAMPAIGN: BOMB, BRUTE, AND AND BRIBE OPERATION. BOMBING A VILLAGE, BLASTING IN DOORS, BRUTALLY KILLING AND WOUNDING CITIZENS AND IGNORING CULTURE AND THEN BRIBING WITH FUNDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITALS TO HEAL THE VICTIMS ARE BEYOND ANY CLAIMS OF LEGITIMACY.

THE PRINCIPLE OF DISSOCIATION BETWEEN MILITARISM AND DEVELOPMENT IS STRESSED IN THE 1986 DECLARATION OF THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT:

5. IN THE PREAMBLE TO THE DECLARATION STATES REAFFIRMED:
THAT THERE IS A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DISARMAMENT AND DEVELOPMENT AND THAT PROGRESS IN THE FIELD OF DISARMAMENT WOULD CONSIDERABLY PROMOTE PROGRESS IN THE FIELD OF DEVELOPMENT AND THAT RESOURCES RELEASED THROUGH DISARMAMENT MEASURES SHOULD BE DEVOTED TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING OF ALL PEOPLES AND IN PARTICULAR , THOSE OF THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. (PREAMBLE, DECLARATION OF THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT)
Contributing to TRUE SECURITY , COMMON SECURITY IN AFGHANISTAN WE CALL FOR THE COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL FOREIGN FORCES INCLUDING NATO FORCES, AND THE SETTING UP OF AN INTERNATIONAL FUND TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF AFGHANISTAN. THIS FUND WILL DRAW UPON ASSESSED COMPENSATION TO BE PAID BY THE STATES THAT HAVE INVADED AND OCCUPIED AFGHANISTAN.
6. WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE ISAF FORCE ONLY RECEIVED CONDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL. THIS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT WAS BASED ON ISAF?S ACTIONS BEING IN ?KEEPING WITH THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS? NATO MISSION VIOLATES UN CHARTER BY FAILING TO FULFILL UN CONDITIONS
UN SECURITY COUNCIL GAVE CONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE NATO?S INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORCE. THIS FORCE WAS SANCTIONED IN UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS ONLY IF THE FORCE'S ACTIONS WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE UN CHARTER. UNDER UN CHARTER, ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF THE UNITED NATIONS IS THE FOLLOWING:

"TO ESTABLISH CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH JUSTICE AND RESPECT FOR THE OBLIGATIONS ARISING FROM TREATIES AND OTHER SOURCES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW CAN BE MAINTAINED,...?

THE NATO STATES HAS BEEN FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND THEY HAVE YET TO BE ASSESSED ON THEIR VIOLATION OF GENEVA PROTOCOLS ON BANNED WEAPONS SYSTEMS SUCH AS DEPLETED URANIUM, AND ON THEIR VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL INSTRUMENTS.
THERE CAN BE NO DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DISARMAMENT.
7. IN REFERENCE TO KOSOVO, WE FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NATO SHOULD NEVER HAVE USED THE SO-CALLED PRINCIPLE OF ?HUMAN SECURITY? OR ?HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION? TO JUSTIFY THE INVASION. WE REGRET THAT IN MAY 1999 WHEN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA TOOK 10 NATO COUNTRIES TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE IN ATTEMPT TO END THE NATO BOMBING OF KOSOVO, THAT THE 10 NATO COUNTRIES STOOD BEFORE THE COURT AND DECLARED THAT THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE JURISDICTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. IN HINDSIGHT WE RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS ONLY THROUGH THE USE OF CHAPTER VI OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND SPECIFICALLY THOSE ARTICLES MANDATING STATES TO SEEK REDRESS AND TO SETTLE DISPUTES PEACEFULLY THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE.
8.WE CALL FOR THE DE-LEGITMIZATION OF WAR AND RECOGNIZE THAT GIVEN THE IRREVERSIBLE LONG TERM SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, HUMAN RIGHTS CONSEQUENCES OF WAR, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES OR CONDITIONS IS WAR EVER JUST OR LEGAL. FOR THE ABOVE REASONS AND BECAUSE WE NOW RECOGNIZE THAT NATO NATO STATES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO GLOBAL INSECURITY THROUGH THE POSSESSION OF EXORBITANT MILITARY BUDGETS, WE COMMIT TO REALLOCATE OUR GLOBAL MILITARY BUDGETS TO DISARMAMENT AND DEVELOPMENT. REALLOCATION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET AND TRANSFER OF THE PEACE DIVIDEND

WE NOW WILL ABIDE BY INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS RELATED TO THE REALLOCATION OF THE GLOBAL MILITARY BUDGET:

IN 1976 AT HABITAT 1, MEMBER STATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS AFFIRMED THE FOLLOWING IN RELATION TO THE MILITARY BUDGET:

"THE WASTE AND MISUSE OF RESOURCES IN WAR AND ARMAMENTS SHOULD BE PREVENTED. ALL COUNTRIES SHOULD MAKE A FIRM COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT UNDER STRICT AND EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL, IN PARTICULAR IN THE FIELD OF NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT. PART OF THE RESOURCES THUS RELEASED SHOULD BE UTILIZED SO AS TO ACHIEVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR HUMANITY AND PARTICULARLY THE PEOPLES OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES" (II, 12 HABITAT 1).

IN 1981, IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION ENTITLED RESOLUTION ON THE REDUCTION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET, THE MEMBER STATES
(I) REAFFIRMED "THE URGENT NEED TO REDUCE THE MILITARY BUDGET, AND AGREED TO FREEZE AND REDUCE THE MILITARY BUDGET";
(II) RECOGNISED THAT "THE MILITARY BUDGET CONSTITUTES A HEAVY BURDEN FOR THE ECONOMIES OF ALL NATIONS, AND HAS EXTREMELY HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES ON INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY";
(III) REITERATED THE APPEAL "TO ALL STATES, IN PARTICULAR THE MOST HEAVILY ARMED STATES, PENDING THE CONCLUSION OF AGREEMENTS ON THE REDUCTION OF MILITARY EXPENDITURES, TO EXERCISE SELF-RESTRAINT IN THEIR MILITARY EXPENDITURES WITH A VIEW TO REALLOCATING THE FUNDS THUS SAVED TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, PARTICULARLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES" (RESOLUTION ON THE REDUCTION OF MILITARY BUDGETS, 1981).

THESE APPEALS WERE FURTHER REINFORCED IN A 1983 GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DISARMAMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, THAT CURBING THE ARMS BUILD-UP WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO RELEASE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR USE IN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, PARTICULARLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES." ALSO IN THE 1993 RESOLUTION, MEMBER STATES CONSIDERED THAT "THE MAGNITUDE OF MILITARY EXPENDITURES IS NOW SUCH THAT THEIR VARIOUS IMPLICATIONS CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED IN THE EFFORTS PURSUED IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO SECURE THE RECOVERY OF THE WORLD ECONOMY AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER."

ALSO IN 1992, ALL MEMBER STATES RECOGNIZED THAT "WARFARE IS INHERENLY DESTRUCTIVE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" ( RIO DECLARATIONS. PRINCIPLE 24, UNCED, 1992), AND IN CHAPTER 33, OF AGENDA 21, MEMBER STATES OF THE UNTIED NATIONS MADE A COMITMENT TO THE "THE REALLOCATION OF RESOURCES PRESENTY COMMITED TO MILITARY PURPOSES" (33.18E)

IN 1994, IN ADOPTING THE STATEMENT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT, THE MEMBER STATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONCURRED THAT THE ATTAINMENT OF ?QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE GOALS OF THE PRESENT PROGRAMME OF ACTION CLEARLY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, SOME OF WHICH COULD BECOME AVAILABLE FROM A REORDERING OF PRIORITIES AT THE INDIVIDUAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS. HOWEVER, NONE OF THE ACTIONS REQUIRED?NOR ALL OF THEM COMBINED? IS EXPENSIVE IN THE CONTEXT OF EITHER CURRENT GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT OR MILITARY EXPENDITURES." (ARTICLE 1.19)
IN THE 1984 GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION ENTITLED THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO PEACE, THERE WERE "APPEALS TO ALL STATES AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO DO THEIR UTMOST TO ASSIST IN IMPLEMENTING THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO PEACE THROUGH THE ADOPTION OF ...MEASURES AT BOTH THE NATIONAL AND THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL." (4. DECLARATION ON THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO PEACE APPROVED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 39/11 OF 12 NOVEMBER 1984)

CURRENTLY THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY SPENDS MORE THAN 1 TRILLION DOLLARS ON THE MILITARY BUDGET AT A TIME WHEN MANY BASIC AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED: THE RIGHT TO AFFORDABLE AND SAFE HOUSING; THE RIGHT TO UNADULTERATED FOOD (PESTICIDE-FREE AND GENETICALLY ENGINEERED-FREE FOOD); THE RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER; THE RIGHT TO A SAFE ENVIRONMENT; THE RIGHT TO UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE, NOT FOR PROFIT HEALTH CARE; AND THE RIGHT TO FREE AND ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION.

9. IN CONCLUSION, AT THE 2006 MEETING OF NATO, THE NATO STATES HAVE AGREED TO DISMANTLE NATO, AND TO UNDERTAKE TO SIGN AND RATIFY EXISTING CONVENTIONS, TREATIES AND COVENANTS RELATED TO COMMON SECURITY-PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. IN ADDITION WE UNDERTAKE TO ENACT THE NECESSARY NATIONAL STATUTORY LEGISLATION TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THESE OBLIGATIONS. IN ADDITION, WE UNDERTAKE TO ACT ON YEARS OF COMMITMENTS MADE THROUGH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ACTION PLANS
10 IN RIGA, THE NATO STATES HAVE THUS DISPENSED WITH THE SUBSEQUENT SECTIONS OF THE RIGA COMMUNIQUE, GIVEN THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER RELEVANT.

 

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