LETTER FROM UKRAINIAN PEASANT PARTY ON MILOSEVIC
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Below is the letter from the Ukrainian Peasant Party to Kostunica demanding
the release of Slobodan Miloshevich from jail.
At the time it was written, 3 weeks ago, the Peasant Party had gotten 500,000
signatures to support the letter. According to latest reports, not fully
confirmed, they have now collected 3 million signatures.
Meanwhile, 3 days ago, at a Moscow meeting of 1000 delegates of the Slavonic
Council (leading intellectuals, political parties and trade unions from
Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, perhaps elsewhere) a similar statement was
unanimously adopted. It received a standing ovation.
The Serbian Socialist Party strategy of awakening the Slavs to act on the
knowledge that the attack on Yugoslavia is a strategic step to carry out
Washington's plan of creating conditions to wage "low intensity, semi-nuclear
war" against the former Soviet Union and following its transformation into
helpless territories, to move against China, from the West flank - the SPS'
attempt to awaken Slavs appears to be having some effect. - Jared Israel
Supreme Rada of the Peasants’ Party of Ukraine
Kiev, 15th May 2001
To the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
H. E. Mr. Vojislav Kostunica
Esteemed Mr. President,
As you are aware, former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and
chairman of the largest opposition party in Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic was
arrested on 1st of April 2001. He voluntarily answered to the summons of the
examining magistrate in order to make a statement regarding the accusations
made against him. Thereafter, one month detention was determined, but after
46 days now, Slobodan Milosevic is still imprisoned.
Though criminal charges brought against him do not contain even single
evidence and though there are no any aggravating circumstances, citizen of
Yugoslavia Milosevic was not allowed to defend himself as a free person, as
it is usual in such cases.
All that is pointing to a stage managed political case. According to the
information that are arriving from Yugoslavia, similar political processes
are already open and, in an ever increasing number, are being prepared
against many functionaries of the previous government and prominent members
of the Socialist Party of Serbia.
We are surprised by the fact that after ascendance of the democrartic
leadership into power in Yugoslavia, political forces that always were
champions of the ideals of freedom and solidarity, equality of all the
countries and peoples, champions of patriotism and humanism are now being
subjected to reprisals.
It is well known world-wide that exactly these forces, with president
Slobodan Milosevic at the helm, resisted criminal NATO aggression against
their country and defended freedom and independence of their state, honour
and dignity of their people. They fought and continue fighting against policy
of globalisation, hegemony, imperialism and totalitarianism, against creating
even bigger gap between rich and poor countries, against imposition of
political interests and goals dictated from one single centre all over the
world , that is pretending to become master of the world and, in order to
achieve that goals, uses political pressure, ransom and even armed aggression
against states and peoples that are resisting.
Slobodan Milosevic’s Party as its main goal holds creation of a rich and just
society in Yugoslavia.
In Ukraine, on the initiative of the Peasants Party of Ukraine, since 5th of
May 2001 a drive under the title *Freedom for Slobodan Milosevic* is
conducted. Well known personalities from political and social circles,
representatives of science and culture, writers, artists, workers and peasant
farmers, miners and metal workers are taking part in this drive. A total of
449 Social Committees were established to collect signatures for liberation
of the leader of Yugoslav people. Up to the 16th of May 2001 five hundred
thousand (500.000) signatures in support of the freedom for leader of the
Socialist Party of Serbia were collected.
Among those first to sign the appeal to liberate former President of
Yugoslavia were: president of the Peasants Party of Ukraine, member of
Parliament, Serghei Dovgan’, leaders of the Communist Party and Progressive
Socialist Party of Ukraine, a number of Members of Parliament of Ukraine,
heroes of the Soviet Union and Heroes of Socialist Labour, leaders of
international and local social organisations and organisations for protection
of human rights, actors, artists, musicians - holders of the title of peoples
and meritous artists respectively, leading Ukrainian scientists , professors,
lecturers and students of the university establishments.
Leadership of the Peasants Party of Ukraine, fulfilling the will of hundreds
of thousands of citizens of Ukraine that supported the drive *Freedom for
Slobodan Milosevic!*, is addressing you Mr. President with request to free
from prison the great citizen of Yugoslavia - country you are now leading by
chance. We trust in your just regard towards the heroic history of suffering
but never collapsed people of yours, and the greatest sons of that people,
such as Faithful Defender of Fatherland, leader of socialists of Serbia
In our country, as well as in whole Slavic world, Slobodan Milosevic is
recognized as a President-patriot, a President-freedom fighter, a
President-hero, outstanding champion of the unity of Slavic world.
I lay my trust in your understanding of the problem and just solution to this
I avail myself of this opportunity to inform you that Parliamentary Caucus of
the Peasants Party addressed a similar appeal to the Organisation of the
United Nations, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Organisation
of European Security and Co-operation, to the leaderships of Russia, Belarus,
Greece, to the parliamentary opposition parties of the countries that took
part in the aggression against Yugoslavia.
President of the Peasants Party of Ukraine
Chief of the Parliamentary Caucus of the Peasants Party of Ukraine
Member of the Parliament of Ukraine
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