Thursday, 15. April 1999
Serbian NGO Demand for Restoration of the Peace Process
NATO bombardment and armed conflicts in Kosovo must stop. The only way out
of the crisis is an unconditioned reactivation of the peace process.
Since the effects of crooked policies are mass destruction of human
life and devastation of the land, restoration of the peace process shall be
a difficult task which will require participation of everyone who is able
to make contributions to development and implementation of suitable solutions.
If this issue continues to be resolved only by the people who have
caused the explosion of the Kosovo crisis and the whole Yugoslav
tragedy, an effective, just and rational solution to the Balkan crisis will not be
In the past ten years, embracing the principles of human rights,
democratic transition, dialog and compromise, a compact network of
civic organisations has been established that articulates the interests of a
large number of citizens from the troubled region.
These organisations had both Serbs and Albanians active in their
membership working on projects together.
This is why these organisations, including the Nezavisnost Trade Union
Confederation can contribute to a successful course of the peace
process, to initiation of a dialog between appropriate segments of the Serbian
and Albanian societies that could lead to reconciliation and solutions
acceptable to the conflicted parties.
In all previous attempts to solve the Yugoslav crisis, international
representatives have approached government representatives and social
structures in Serbia and Kosovo which they considered influential.
Unfortunately, these structures mostly had radical views and nationalist
policies, considering that even the KLA was approached. At the same time,
initiatives and opinions of democratic structures in the civil society that
eventually turned out to be correct and well grounded, were not taken into
After contemplating all this, the civic organisations in Serbia that
have signed this document and UBS Nezavisnost demand:
1. Representatives of these organisations to be allowed to actively
participate in solving the Kosovo crisis and other problems generated
by the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
2. A permanent International Conference of civic organisations from the
Balkans, South-east Europe and, finally, the whole of Europe, to be
established which would participate in this process and take part in finding
ways to politically, economically and socially stabilise this region.
We believe that you shall consider our arguments and support our initiative.
Belgrade, April 13th 1999.
a.. Association of Citizens for Democracy, Social Justice and Support for Trade Unions
b.. Belgrade Circle
c.. Center for Democracy and Free Elections
d.. Center for Transition to Democracy
e.. Civic Initiatives
f.. EKO Center
g.. Belgrade Women Studies Center
h.. European Movement in Serbia
i.. Forum for Ethnic Relations and Foundation for Peace and Crisis Management
j.. Group 484
k.. Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
l.. The Student Union of Yugoslavia
m.. Union for Truth About Anti-Fascist Resistance
n.. VIN ? Weekly Video News
o.. Women in Black
p.. YU LawyersÕ Committee for Human Rights
q.. District 0230 Kikinda
r.. Urban ? in Novi Pazar, and
s.. NEZAVISNOST Trade Union Confederation
Centar za nenasilnu akciju - CNA Sarajevo
Center for Nonviolent Action - CNA Sarajevo
Bentbasa 31/I, 71000 Sarajevo
Tel/Fax: ++387/71/442 011