The State of Israel has felt free to perpetrate the most heinous crimes against the Palestinian population, who survive and resist military occupation, apartheid and colonialism. The most recent episode of a daily violence, in a criminal regime, was the brutality of the repression of a protest in the Gaza Strip on Land Day, the 30th of March, near the line marked by Israel as a buffer zone.

O Estado de Israel tem se sentido à vontade para perpetrar os crimes mais hediondos contra a população palestina, que sobrevive e resiste à ocupação militar, ao apartheid e ao colonialismo. O mais recente episódio de uma violência diária, num regime fora da lei, foi a brutalidade da repressão a um protesto na Faixa de Gaza no Dia da Terra, 30 de março, próximo à linha demarcada por Israel como zona tampão.

The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) manifests its deep concern for the review of the US nuclear policy, made public by the Pentagon last February 2nd.

CPPC considers that the so-called US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) represents a particularly dangerous step in the militarist escalation that marks our time, which could have catastrophic consequences for Humanity, unless constrained through strong initiatives in favor of world Peace.

CPPC has always considered that the problems of the Korean people would have to be resolved by the Korean people, without foreign interference. The events of the past week confirm this. After a period of particular military tension in the region, both parts of Korea restarted a dialogue, long interrupted, and maintain open communication on matters of common interest. The Winter Olympic Games are only the most visible aspect.

The world peace movement, the progressive forces and defenders of social justice, sovereignty and solidarity have marked, a few days ago, the five years since the passing of Comandante Hugo Chávez, whose arrival in the Venezuelan Government has brought historical achievements to the people. The hard work for overcoming so many decades of plunder, domination and oppression while affirming national sovereignty had only begun and the reactionary forces, supported by the imperialist powers, began their eager activity to prevent the continuity of the process.

The solidarity movement and the World Peace Council have reiterated their support to the efforts of Korean rapprochement and for de-escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula, for security and peace in the region and the world. Therefore, they have emphatically denounced the imperialist interference that the US maintains and deepens in the region especially since the 1950s, through war and the division of Korea.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) guaranteeing sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia and the wide autonomy of Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia, is the highest binding legal document that obliges all members to this World Organization, including the member states of the EU, NATO, the OSCE, the OIC, the AU, and the EAU. Resolution 1244 is the only reliable basis and the framework for any negotiations concerning status.

It is with great concern that the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation faces the ongoing deepening of the militarization process of the European Union (EU). Militarism is, together with the curtailment of State sovereignty by supranational institutions dominated by the big powers and the promotion of neoliberal policies, who attack economic and social rights, one of the pillars of the EU — the creation of a future European army, despite the persisting contradictions, is an objective long pursued by the major European powers.

The peace forces have regarded with optimism Syria’s successes in facing the political crisis, the terrorist groups and the foreign aggressions. In January, the Congress of Syrian National Dialogue has offered important results and the national forces have accumulated victories against those paid by US imperialists and their allies. The failure of the imperialist campaign for the overthrow of the Syrian government and the success of efforts for a political and sovereign solution become evident.


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