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.

The President of the National Leadership of the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC), Ilda Figueiredo, represented CPPC in a conference held in Brussels on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, promoted by the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL).

The end of nuclear weapons and massive destruction, and general, simultaneous and controlled disarmament were reaffirmed as fundamental conditions towards ensuring peace and safety in the world.

Intervention by Ilda Figueiredo

Ignoring decades of the peoples’ struggle against weapons of mass destruction, the imperialist powers gathered in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and their major leader, the USA, do not even flinch before putting nuclear weapons in the center of their policy. There are currently almost 15,000 nuclear warheads spread around the world and the modest reduction of this arsenal does not mean less danger; our mobilization remains urgent.

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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