Greetings to 5th International Conference of the World Peace Council
Thank you for your invitation to attend your meeting in Guantanamo, Cuba, in November this year. We are honoured to have been invited to this very important meeting. We strongly agree with your suggestion that it is urgent that we deepen our agenda to strengthen our joint action.
We the Executive Committee of the Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament (CICD), endorse Keith Headland to be our representative at the 5th International Conference of the World Peace Council (WPC).
The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement of 1966 makes us complicit in the crimes against humanity and drone strikes of US military actions, as well as illegal global mass electronic surveillance.
Pine Gap is a key war-fighting base and makes Australia a nuclear target; the stationing of US marines and bombers in Darwin resulting in a loss of sovereignty and independence. This does not serve the best interests of the Australian people.
The Australian government does not have an independent foreign policy. We blindly follow the USA into their wars. We host and participate in joint military exercises in the top of Australia as part of America’s Pacific Pivot strategy. We allow US spy bases to operate and expand here and we rely on the nuclear weapons of the United States and its nuclear deterrence policy for our “security”.
The Australian government therefore puts at risk the security and well-being of the people it is supposed to serve by making Australia a target in the event of a nuclear war.
The world today is torn by imperialist wars and threats of war, including major wars of aggression, occupations and regime changes.
We would like to see a secure and liveable world for future generations. A world free of nuclear weapons and with a safe and clean environment.
The CICD joins with the millions of other people around the world to raise its voice and join the community of individuals and organisations such as yours working for a world free of wars, social justice, the rights of indigenous peoples, and a world free of racism.
We seek to stimulate, facilitate and coordinate common lines of Co-operation and Communication on these common concerns and issues.
Again we wish to express our admiration and support for the WPC and wish you every success with your conference.
Australia’s continued entanglement in the international arms trade is exemplified through the growth of the arms trade fair component of the Avalon Air show. This arms bazaar next scheduled for 2017 has grown in recent years to be one of the largest of its kind in the region.
The CICD believes that gatherings such as yours are important for developing solidarity in the peace movement.
The Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament sends its support and best wishes to the WPC 5th International Conference. We hope it will inspire, strengthen and galvanise all participants to work towards peace and elimination of foreign Military Bases.