Ken Freeland kenfree at
Mon Jan 31 19:21:18 MST 2000



KIEV, Ukraine--President Clinton and other NATO leaders were found guilty of
crimes against peace by an International Peoples Tribunal on NATO War Crimes
Against Yugoslavia (English translation) that met Jan. 23 in the parliament
building of this beautiful ancient capital. The hearing was held in defiance of
the U.S.-backed regime of President Leonid Kuchma, who wants to bring Ukraine
into NATO.

Delegates from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic,
Poland, Germany and the United States took part in the hearing. The U.S. was
represented by Larissa Kritskaya and Bill Doares of the International Action
Center. Kritskaya and Doares were shown on the front page of the major daily
Kievsky Vedomosty under the headline "Americans Who Dream of Destroying NATO."

The Kiev tribunal was the second in a series of hearings organized by the
International Peoples Tribunal, which was initiated in Russia by All- Slavic
Assembly. The first was held in the Russian city of Yaroslavl Dec. 14. Others
are planned for Belgrade (March 27), Warsaw and Minsk. The Kiev tribunal focused
on charges of crimes against peace- conspiracy to cause a war. IPT organizers
plan to coordinate their efforts with the Commission of Inquiry on U.S./NATO War
Crimes Against Yugoslavia organized by the International Action Center and
former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark.

The Ukraine hearing, which was chaired by Prof. Mikhail Kuznetsov of Moscow,
got considerable support from the Socialist, Communist and other Ukrainian
opposition parties. Socialist Party deputy Vil Nikolayich Romashenko was vice
president of the tribunal.

The judges and participants heard eyewitness testimony from Yugoslav
delegates who told of the death and destruction inflicted by NATO bombs and
missiles, which took 2,000 civilian lives. They also heard several
parliamentarians who had visited Yugoslavia during the war.

Deputy Sergei Kaszian of the Belarus parliament told of his meetings with
ethnic Albanian Kosovar leaders who condemned the NATO bombing and held the U.S.
responsible for the destruction of their country. Kaszian said that NATO forces
used had brutalized Kosovar refugees, separating children from mothers and
sending them to different countries. He also testified to the large number of
children killed or wounded by NATO bombs and missiles.

Ukrainian Communist deputy Vladimir Moiseenko represents the Donbass
coal-mining region and chairs the Ukraine Association to Restore the Soviet
Union. He pointed out that NATO was from its inception an aggressive alliance
aimed against East Europe and the Soviet Union and compared the U.S.-NATO
strategy used to break up Yugoslavia with its current strategy toward Ukraine.
He quoted U.S. strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski's description of Ukraine as a
"military platform" for NATO's expansion to the east. A NATO Ukraine would
become a base to invade Belarus and later Russia, Moiseenko said. He condemned
Ukraine's U.S.-backed president Leonid Kuchma for facilitating NATO's expansion
but said, "The Ukrainian people are waking up to resist Ukraine's colonization."
He also called on the rest of the world to apply economic sanctions against the
U.S. and other NATO states if NATO is not dissolved. "But the world is not
insane yet and has the strength to stop NATO and its 'spiritual leader' the
United States."

Retired Soviet admiral Anatoli Yurkovsky, now a member of Ukrainian
parliament, testified that NATO was also aimed at the Albanian people. He told
of the 1996 mass uprising in southern Albania against the U.S.-backed Berisha
regime. The insurgents "formed committees of national salvation that were like
the workers' councils in Russia in 1917. But they were smothered by the massive
intervention of NATO troops."

Larissa Kritskaya, a member of the International Action Center, said that
"corporate America has dominated Ukraine long enough to deliver the country to
the point of total destruction. But there is another America inside the land of
giant corporations, and that is conscious people in the U.S. We are happy to be
here today representing these people as your friends and supporters in your
struggle against the coming colonization planned by U.S.-led NATO."

IAC spokesperson Bill Doares condemned the war against Yugoslavia "as a
cynical maneuver carried out to enrich giant U.S. corporations that profit off
death and destruction." He said that "bombs and missiles are not the only agency
of destruction. When the International Monetary Fund orders Ukraine to close
down its coal mines and steel plants, reducing workers to starvation, is that
not an act of war?" He denounced NATO as "the strike force of the International
Monetary Fund."

Yugoslav ambassador to Ukraine Goiko Dapcevic said, "the fact that the war
crimes tribunal took place here in Ukraine and the fact that there were many
representatives of your country willing to testify in the name of truth about
the horrible crimes committed during this unlawful war that brought a human
tragedy to Yugoslavia speaks to our unity. Yet the war in Yugoslavia is still
far from its end," he continued. "Though there are no missiles and bombs falling
from the sky right now, there is also no peace for us at this time. And the most
difficult thing now is our incapacity to break the blockade on information.
Therefore an event like the war crimes tribunal has special value in our
struggle to tell the world the truth about this war and the present condition of
my country."

International Action Center 39 West 14th Street, Room 206 New York, NY 10011
email: iacenter at phone:
212 633-6646 fax: 212 633-2889
According to the May-June 99 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, excluding
the Nazi Holocaust, "Sanctions [on Iraq] have contributed to more deaths than
all weapons of mass destruction throughout history."

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