— Forwarded Message —-

Dear friends,

I am attaching herewith the text of the Appeal of the Belgrade Forum for the world of Equals regarding the 10th anniversary of the NATO aggression against Serbia (FRY) hoping to have your understanding and support in its enrichment and implementation. At this stage we would be particularly grateful for any assistance in providing the widest possible circulation of the Appeal.

Sincere thanks and best wishes,

Zivadin Jovanovic,

President of the Belgrade Forum




11.000 Belgrade, Murska 14, Serbia

Tel. +381 11 24 52 071, 381 11 24 55 822 Belgrade, August 2008





Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, an independent, non-party, and non-profit association of citizens, has initiated a program of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the NATO aggression against Serbia (the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) in 1999.

The primary objectives are to pay due respect to human victims, to shed more light on the real goals and consequences of that aggression, and to spread messages of peace, mutual respect and equal rights of all nations and all human beings on the Planet. The framework is: NOT TO FORGET. Remembrance of victims and consequences of the aggression will contribute to upgrading the overall responsibility for the observance of the universal principles of International Law and the role of the international institutions, headed by the United Nations.

The activities will continue throughout 2009, culminating in March (the beginning) and June, 2009 (the end) of the aggression.

The Belgrade Forum invites all the state, scientific, cultural and religious institutions of Serbia, the Serbian Academy of Science and Art (SANU), the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), associations of citizens, mass-media, and the Serbian Diaspora (with its associations and mass-media) to take part in various activities aiming not to forget victims and consequences of the 1999 NATO aggression. Consequences are not felt in Serbia and the Balkans only but also in Europe, Caucasus, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America.

The Belgrade Forum believes that marking this anniversary will promote international solidarity with Serbia and Serbian people as victims of the aggression which transformed NATO from a defensive into an offensive alliance. The day of the beginning of NATO aggression, March 24th, 1999 set a most dangerous precedent of using military force of an regional organization against a sovereign state without authorization of UN Security Council. It was a clear violation of the universal principles of International Law, the UN Charter, the OSCE Final Helsinki Act and the Paris Charter. It represents also violation of the NATO 1949 founding act as well as the constitutions of the member countries. Uniqueness is reflected also insofar that the aggression was conducted in an alliance of NATO and the terrorist UCK organization.

The aggression left over 3.500 dead and about 10.000 wounded, out of which more than two thirds are civilians, including children and disabled. In addition, many people died later as a consequence of deceases caused by use of depleted uranium and other armament banned by the International Law. The material losses – destroyed bridges, railways, highways, factories, transformers and electricity transmission lines, apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, even 30 TV stations and transmitters – amounted about 100 billion US dollars.

The goals of the 1999 military NATO aggression have been incessantly pursued during the past ten years. Their continuity was reflected through sustained support to the Albanian terrorism and secessionism – that resulted in thousands of killed and abducted, ethnic cleansing of 270.000 Serbs and other non-Albanians, destruction of 150 Serbian medieval monasteries and churches, massive pogrom of Serbs in March 2004 – all the way to open support to the recently proclaimed illegal independence of Kosovo (17th of February 2008). Notably, the US/NATO/UCK aggression against Serbia and their open support to the Albanian terrorism and separatism in Kosovo and Metohija (Serbia) led to the overall rise of terrorism, separatism and organized international crime in Europe and the world, to the occupation of Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003), to the threats of military interventions in many other countries all over the world.

Following the 1999 aggression USA and NATO have established a network of new military bases in Eastern Europe and the Balkan countries (Bulgaria, Albania, Rumania, Hungary, Bosnia). This actually started by establishment of CampBondstill, an American military base in Kosovo and Metohija (Serbia) in 1999 as the biggest American base outside the USA and the largest built since the Vietnam War.

To conclude, NATO aggression against Serbia (FRY) was not a local war, the least “humanitarian intervention” but the testing of a USA strategy with global objectives threatening the whole humanity.

Belgrade Forum is addressing an

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to peace movements, intellectuals, youth organizations, leaders of friendly countries and organizations, to co-fighters for peace, equal sovereign rights, and cooperation, to friends – in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa:

to mark the 10th anniversary of the USA/NATO/UCK aggression against Serbia (FRY), demand abolishment of NATO and foreign military basis, condemn illegal secession and recognition of Kosovo and Metohija (by NATO and some EU countries), to support sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, denounce USA double standards on separatism and terrorism.

The Belgrade Forum is engaged in preparation of the following –


International Round table on 23 of March, 2009, in Belgrade.

Publication of the of the interventions

Photo, books, audio/video exhibition on the aggression

Evenings of documentary films of domestic and foreign production in Belgrade and other cities in Serbia

Reconstruction of the monuments to the victims

Laying wreaths in honor to the victims in Belgrade and other places

Opening of the Library for Study, Investigation and Documentation on the aggression

Peace meetings and marches

Preparation of the book “Friends of Serbia in the World”

Cooperation with associations of Serbian Diaspora

Placing a plaque of gratitude to Greek People in Thessaloniki

How you can help?

Spreading information on the coming anniversary

Initiating activities in your country, town, and/or association condemning aggression and expressing solidarity with Serbia’s rights to be free, sovereign, integrated and compensated for the losses caused by criminal aggression

Denouncing NATO as an aggressive alliance aiming to be above the UN and asking its abolishment

Writing and publishing your own analyses, experiences, and views on the NATO aggression and its consequences

Asking the government institutions in your countries to publicly mark this anniversary and condemn arms race, disregard of the International Law and interventionism initiated by the 1999 aggression

Asking civic and youth association, political parties, parliamentarians, independent intellectuals, scientists, mass-medias to mark this anniversary, condemn policy manipulations, double standards on separatism, terrorism and selective justice

Taking part in public discussions, meetings, or marches against the aggression

Collecting books, photos, CDs, DVDs, films, or any other documents for the future Library on the aggression

Nominating personalities for the “Book of Friends of Serbia in the World” with the basic biographic data

Donating Belgrade Forum, thus helping the implementation of the proposed activities.


Zivadin Jovanovic

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