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As long time proponents of and activists for a democratic and

anti-nationalist Serbia, who have chosen to remain in Yugoslavia

during this moment of crisis and who want to see our country

reintegrated into the community of world nations, we state the


1. We strongly condemn the NATO bombings which have hugely exacerbated

violence in Kosovo and have caused the displacement of people outside

and throughout Yugoslavia. We strongly condemn the ethnic cleansing of

the Albanian population perpetrated by any Yugoslav forces. We

strongly condemn the Kosovo Liberation Army's (KLA) violence targeted

against the Serbs, moderate Albanians and other ethnic communities in

Kosovo. The humanitarian catastrophe in Kosovo - death, grief and

extreme suffering for hundreds of thousands of Albanians, Serbs and

members of other ethnic communities - has to be ended now. All

refugees from Yugoslavia must immediately and unconditionally be

allowed to return to their homes, their security and human rights

guaranteed, and aid for reconstruction provided. Perpetrators of

crimes against humanity whoever they are must be brought to justice.

2. The fighting between Serbian forces and KLA has to be stopped

immediately in order to start a new round of negotiations. All sides

must put aside their maximalist demands. There are (as in other

numerous similar conflicts such as Northern Ireland) no quick and easy

solutions. We all must be prepared for a long and painstaking process

of negotiation and normalization.

3. The bombing of Yugoslavia by NATO causes destruction and growing

numbers of civilian victims (at least several hundred, maybe a

thousand, by now). The final outcome will be the destruction of the

economic and cultural foundations of Yugoslav society. It must be

stopped immediately.

4. The UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the founding document of

NATO, as well as the constitutions of countries such as Germany,

Italy, Portugal, have been violated by this aggression. As individuals

who have devoted their lives to the defense of basic democratic

values, who believe in universal legal norms we are deeply concerned

that NATO's violation of these norms will incapacitate all those

struggling for the rule of law and human rights in this country and

elsewhere in the world.

5. NATO's bombings have further destabilized the southern Balkans. If

continued this conflict can escalate beyond Balkan borders and, if

turned into land military operations, thousands of NATO and Yugoslav

soldiers, as well as Albanian and Serbian civilians, will die in a

futile war as in Vietnam. Political negotiations toward a peaceful

settlement should be reopened immediately.

6. The existing regime has only been reinforced by NATO's attacks in

Yugoslavia by way of the natural reaction of people to rally around

the flag in times of foreign aggression. We continue our opposition to

the present anti-democratic and authoritarian regime, but we also

emphatically oppose NATO's aggression. The democratic forces in Serbia

have been weakened and the democratic reformist Government of

Montenegro threatened by NATO's attacks and by the regime's subsequent

proclamation of the state of war and now find themselves between

NATO's hammer and regime's anvil.

7. In dealing with the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia the leaders

of the world community have in the past made numerous fatal errors.

New errors are leading to an aggravation of the conflict and are

removing us from the search for peaceful solutions.

We appeal to all: President Milosevic, the representatives of the

Kosovo Albanians, NATO, EU and US leaders to stop all violence and

military activities immediately and engage in the search for a

political solution.

Belgrade, April 16, 1999

1. Stojan Cerovic, "Vreme" columnist and journalist

2. Jovan Cirilov, Belgrade International Theater Festival (BITEF)

selector and former director of the Yugoslav Drama Theater; Theater

History Center Director

3. Sima Cirkovic, Member Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts,

Professor, Belgrade University, Dept. of History

4. Mijat Damnjanovic, Former Professor, Belgrade University, Faculty

of Political Sciences, Center for Public Administration and Local

Government (PALGO) Director

5. Vojin Dimitrijevic, Former head of the Department of International

Law, Belgrade Law School; The Belgrade Center for Human Rights

Director; UN Human Rights Committee former Vice Chairman

6. Dasa Duhacek, Director Women Studies Center, Board Member of

Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN)

7. Milutin Garasanin, Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and

Arts; Vice President of The Association for Research of South-Eastern

Europe (UNESCO)

8. Zagorka Golubovic, Professor, Belgrade University, Department of

Sociology; Chair Social Sciences Department of AAEN

9. Dejan Janca, Professor, Novi Sad University, Law School

10. Ivan Jankovic, Belgrade lawyer, human rights activist, Board

President of Center for Anti-War Action

11. Predrag Koraksic, Belgrade caricaturist

12. Mladen Lazic, Professor, Belgrade University, Department of

Sociology, AAEN Board member

13. Sonja Licht, President, Fund for an Open Society Executive Board

14. Ljubomir Madzar, Professor Belgrade University, Faculty of

Economy, Member Group-17

15. Veran Matic, Editor in Chief, Belgrade Radio B92, President

Alternative Network of Electronic Media (ANEM)

16. Jelica Minic, Secretary General, European Movement in Serbia

17. Andrej Mitrovic, Professor, Belgrade University, Department of


18. Radmila Nakarada, Senior Reserach Fellow, Belgrade Institute for

European Studies

19. Milan Nikolic, Director, Center for Policy Studies

20. Vida Ognjenovic, Theater director, playwrite

21. Borka Pavicevic, Director, Center for Cultural Decontamination

22. Jelena Santic, Anti-war 487 group, human rights activist

23. Nikola Tasic, Associate member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences

and Arts, Member European Academy

24. Ljubinka Trgovcevic, Senior Research Fellow, Belgrade University,

Department of History

25. Srbijanka Turajlic, Professor, Belgrade University, Faculty of

Electrical Engineering, Board President AAEN

26. Ivan Vejvoda, Fund for an Open Society Executive Director,

27. Branko Vucicevic, translator