Made by participants in the International Conference against the Militarization of Europe.



We say no to the US missile defense system in Europe


Faced with new US military plans to begin official negotiations with the Czech and Polish governments on May 10th, the signatories of this paper declare:

We voice our protest against the plans of the Bush administration to install a “national missile defense system” for the US on the territory of the Czech Republic and Poland. Most people in the Czech Republic and Poland, as well as in the rest of Europe, reject plans to host this system. We reject the official reasons given for the NMD project as mere pretexts.

The realisation of the US plan will not lead to enhanced security. On the contrary – it will lead to new dangers and insecurities.

Although it is described as ‘defensive’, in reality it will allow the United States to attack other countries without fear of retaliation. It will also put ‘host’ countries on the front line in future US wars.

The governments of Poland and the Czech Republic recklessly risk unleashing a new arms race, jeopardising the present framework of international agreements on nuclear non-proliferation and conventional arms control throughout the world, but especially in Europe.

What we really need is disarmament as a precondition to peace and genuine human security.

To face the impending ecological crisis we need international cooperation and trust, not confrontation.

Peace initiatives, democratic and emancipatory political forces, women’s and environmentalist movements, trade unions and faith activists must come together in their resistance to this attempt to play one European country off against the other. We see our protest as part of a global movement against all foreign military bases and other infrastructure used for wars of aggression. It is a contribution to building peace in Europe and the world, and to empowering local communities to act together and protect their rights and guarantee their public role.

European Union and Nato states must not participate in this new military adventure of the Bush administration. Peace remains our foremost task.

We demand of those responsible in the European Union, especially President Klaus and President Kaczynski, to listen to the will of the people of the European Union. We demand that they act democratically and hold binding referendums on the deployment of NMD components in their countries.

We emphatically reject the attempt to legitimise the US plans through the back-door of NATO and EU decision-making. Across a wide range of nationalities and walks of life, we call on you: Together let us do everything to prevent Europe from becoming the stage for a new arms race and a new politics of confrontation.

We call on all people to take part in demonstrations and to speak with and write to their elected representatives, members of government and heads of state, to tell them that they do not want a new politics of confrontation and that this will be remembered at the polls.

The participants of the International Conference against the Militarization of Europe:


Prague, 5 May 2007

Helena Franke, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic

Thomas Franke, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic

Rudolf Převrátil, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic

Ivona Novomestská, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic

Jan Májíček, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic

Karel Černík, Ne zakladnam, Czech Republic

Zdenka Řeháková, Czech Republic

Dagmar Wernerová, Czech Republic

Oskar Krejčí, politolog, Czech Republic

Maciej Konieczny, Stop Bazom USA / Mlodzi Socjalisci, Poland

Cinzia Della Porta, Disarmiamoli!, Italy

Tobias Pflüger, MdEP

Marko Forberger, (network for left policy in C\E Europe)

Jule Nagel,

Thomas Kachel, Lavka. info

Stanislav Holubec,

Petak Peter, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary

Solyom Alex, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary

Lenard Kata, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary

Nagy Erzsebet, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary

Thiesz Angela, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary

Pamuki Krisztian, Civilek a Mecsekert Mozgalom CMM, Hungary

Hans Lammerant, Bombspotting – Vredesactie, Belgium

Roland Nivet, Mouvement de la Paix, France

Yves-Jean Gallas, Mouvement de la Paix, France

Hannelore Toelke, Deutscher Friedensrat, Germany

Kate Hudson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, United Kingdom

Athanasios Pafilis, World Peace Council, Greece

Boleslaw Saszczuk, Stowarzyszenie Stop Tarczy, Poland

Andrzej Zebrowski, Inicjatywa Stop Wojne, Poland

Gvazyna Stawowska, Inicjatywa Stop Wojne, Poland