The Second International Gathering of Solidarity and for Peace in Colombia and Latin America.
The Second International Gathering of Solidarity and for Peace in Colombia and Latin America is being organized in Mexico City, March 4-5, 2002.
The announcement for this meeting reads, in part:
- That Plan Colombia implies, once again, the direct military intervention of the United States in the internal affairs of a sovereign Latin American state, the Republic of Colombia, in line with the Monroe Doctrine, the Roosevelt Corollary, the overthrow of the legitimate government of Salvador Allende in Chile, the continuous aggressions against the government of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the direct participation in the war in Central America and its continued hostility toward Cuba through the maintenance of a criminal embargo in spite of the annual response from the United Nations.
- That the previously mentioned intervention constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and a people's right to self- determination, and is a threat to peace and stability in the region.
- That due to the nature of this counterinsurgency plan, Plan Colombia is directed primarily against the civilian population of Colombia and has the immediate objective of neutralizing or destroying resistance by any individual opposed to the project of neoliberal restructuring of the Colombian and Latin American economies.
- That Plan Colombia and the complementary Andean Regional Initiative is in fact a military project that involves the countries of the region. The so-called Initiative commits them to be part of the intervention in various ways and is without any doubt aimed at gaining control of the Amazon Basin, thus threatening the sovereignty of the countries that form it. It threatens the consolidation of the process led by Commandant Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and affects those Central American countries committed to peaceful, democratic development.
- That "Plan Colombia," by its nature as a plan of war, constitutes the principle obstacle to the search for alternative solutions to war in the resolution of the Colombian conflict.
- In addition to this it is giving rise to the massive displacement of the civilian population to neighboring countries.
- The use of modern technology for warfare, including biological weapons against coca plantations, is a risky and unpredictable danger for Amazonia, the most important area of biodiversity in the world.
- The regional military intervention Plan Colombia weakens integration and good relations between neighbors and prepares new war scenarios and in addition generates distress and uncertainty amongst the people of the region.
- To call on the international community and democratic forces of the world to support the International Gathering of Solidarity, for Peace in Colombia and Latin America, in Mexico City on the 4th and 5th of March 2002.
- To condemn and reject Plan Colombia as a US military intervention plan against peaceful coexistence, democratic stability and the economic development of the countries of Latin America.
- To promote international solidarity among governments and countries, in favour of the Colombian people’s struggle to find a solution other than war for the current social conflict.
- Generate and increase ties of friendship and good will that will make it possible to pursue peace and social justice.
- To support the dialogue process between the Colombian Government and growing social forces.
- Support proposals for the substitution of illegal crops and to fight against drugs without warfare. This is a social and economic phenomenon concerning all of humanity.
The Simon Bolivar Youth Camp
At the location and as an integral part of the Second International Gathering of Solidarity and for Peace in Colombia and Latin America to be held in Mexico on the 4th and 5th of March 2002, we call on people to participate in the Simon Bolivar Youth Camp to be held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The topics that will be discussed at this camp are: -The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), Plan Colombia, the Andean Regional Initiative and Puebla Panama Plan and their effects on: The policies, study plans and investigation in Latin America. The life and development of young people and their movements.-concrete proposals for solidarity and action."