INT'L NETWORK TO ABOLISH FOREIGN MILITARY BASES: Inaugural Conference Set for March 2007 in Ecuador
30 October 2005 -- After a long process of consultations and discussions, organizers have set 7-10 March 2007 as the date and Ecuador as the venue of the planned inaugural conference of an international network to abolish foreign military bases.
The conference is aimed to be the biggest gathering of anti-bases campaigners, researchers, and activists from around the world in recent history.
Since the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its coalition, there has been a renewed push on campaigning for the closure of foreign military bases around the world. The United States, among other countries with bases, maintains an estimated 725 bases and other forms of military presence in about 150 countries.
We would like to invite you to an Asia strategy meeting of peoples' movements, mass organizations, networks, NGOs and activists to build a collective strategy to counter the ongoing negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the 6th WTO Ministerial Meeting. The meeting will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 6-7, 2005.
As many of you know, the WTO will hold its 6th Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong from December 13th-18th 2005. This Ministerial Meeting will be a crucial one since the trade majors in the WTO hope to conclude the Doha Round of negotiations (also called the Doha Development Agenda) during this meeting.
Expected to attend are around 150-200 representatives of various anti-war coalitions, social movements, NGOs, and other organizations from around 50 countries around the world. Joining them are scores of activists from neighboring Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Morocco -- including a delegation
of Iraqis who will be traveling by bus from Iraq.