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By Olivier Dupuis Dear Chechen friends, dear friends of Chechnya, as if the tragedy in progress in Chechnya were not enough, the governments of the democratic countries - beginning with the US and the European Union - have added their own dishonour to the horror by once again sacrificing the genocide underway in Chechnya on the altar of a so-called strategic vision, that of the stability of Russia (or of its oligarchy) at whatever price, including therefore at the price of the life of the Chechens and of the establishment of democracy in Russia. There is no point elaborating on the numerous historical precedents and their tragic consequences for humanity. In St. Petersburg Europe, the United States, the democracies have chosen once again not to see and not to act. It seems to me more important at a moment when the tragedy experienced by the Chechen people is joined by the blindness, the deafness and the resignation of the Western governments to attempt to understand what we can and must do to give a another chance to dialogue, to real negotiations, in a word to politics. From this point of view, in this desolate panorama that we know only too well one extremely important fact has recently emerged. I am referring, of course, to the new peace plan drawn up by the Chechen Foreign Minister Ilyas Akhmadov, calling for the establishment of an interim United Nations Administration in Chechnya. The plan is a radically new proposal in that it takes account for the first time of the legitimate interests of the Russian Federation, of the other neighbouring states and of the international community as a whole, in that it is perfectly aware of the further deterioration of the situation in Chechnya caused by three years of the policy of terror pursued by the Russian occupying forces, and in that it has drawn the necessary conclusions from the unhappy experience from 1996 to 1999. And on the basis of these considerations the Foreign Minister believes that without the firm establishment of democracy and the Rule of Law there can be no real future for Chechnya. Having established this, however, the most difficult task still remains. That is, to convince the international community to back this new peace plan. This enormous, difficult task cannot be carried out successfully without widespread mobilisation - by the Chechens, first of all, but also by the citizens of Russia and of all the democratic countries. Since it is absolutely convinced of the importance and the urgency of the proposal put forward by the Chechen Foreign Minister, the Transnational Radical Party has decided to launch an appeal to the United Nations in support of the plan. Dozens of leading international figures and members of the European and national parliaments and hundreds of ordinary people from over fifty countries have already decided to join the initiative by signing the appeal. But this is far - very far - from being enough! If this new peace plan is not backed in the coming weeks and months by tens of thousands of people from Chechnya, Russia, the United States, Europe, ... , if it does not become an instrument of mobilisation and co-ordination, the risk is that the Chechen people, and with them everyone who fights for freedom, democracy and the Rule of Law in Chechnya and in Russia, will be condemned a little more to resignation or despair. For these reasons I invite you to support this new Peace Plan by signing and encouraging others to sign the appeal to the Secretary General and to the heads of state and government of the member countries of the United Nations. (*) Member of the European Parliament, Radical P.S. The appeal can be signed on-line at the Transnational Radical Party website: P.P.S. Among the first signatories of the appeal: Otto von Habsburg, president of the Paneuropean Union, the philosophers André Glucksmann and Pascal Bruckner, Bernard Kouchner, former High Representative of the UN in Kosovo, the former Soviet dissidents Elena Bonner-Sakharov, Leonid Plioutsch, Vladimir Bukovsky and Andrei Mironov, the politician and writer Adriano Sofri, the film-maker Romain Goupil, the Chechen Health Minister Oumar Khanbiev, the Vice-Speaker of the Chechen Parliament Seilam Bechaev, the resistant of the Warsaw ghetto Marek Edelman, the journalist Barbara Spinelli, the Asian dissidents Vo Van Ai (Vietnam), Enver Can (East Turkestan), Kok Ksor (Montagnards), and Vanida Thephsouvanh (Laos), the Albanian writer Ismail Kadaré, Ariane Mnouchkine, director of the Théâtre du Soleil, the sinologist Marie Holzman, the MEPs Danielle Auroi, Emma Bonino, Alima Boumediene-Thiery, John Bowis, Renato Brunetta, Marco Cappato, Marie-Arlette Carlotti, Paulo Casaca, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Raffaele Costa, Benedetto Della Vedova, Gianfranco Dell’Alba, Harlem Désir, Jan Dhaene, Giuseppe Di Lello, Antonio Di Pietro, Olivier Dupuis, Carlo Fatuzzo, Enrico Ferri, Hélène Flautre, Glyn Ford, Pernille Frahm, Monica Frassoni, Per Gahrton, Jas Gawronski, Vitaliano Gemelli, Fiorella Ghilardotti, Pierre Jonckheer, Paul Lannoye, Alain Lipietz, Giorgio Lisi, Sarah Ludford, Lucio Manisco, Thomas Mann, Mario Mauro, José Maria Mendiluce, Reinhold Messner, Luisa Morgantini, Francesco Musotto, Pasqualina Napoletano, Gérard Onesta, Doris Pack, Marco Pannella, Bernd Posselt, Lennart Sacrédeus, Giacomo Santini, Luciana Sbarbati, Mariotto Segni, Francesco Speroni, The Earl Of Stockton, Fodé Sylla, Franz Turchi, Ari Vatanen, Gianni Vattimo, Demetrio Volcic, Matti Wuori, Stefano Zappalà and François Zimeray, the french MP and former Minister Jack Lang, the Italian MPs Marco Boato, Roberto Giachetti and Antonio Del Pennino, the Cambodian MPs Son Chhay, Sam Rainsy and Saumura Tioulong, the Bulgarian MP Kina Andreeva, the Croatian MPs Snjezana Biga-Friganovic, Zlatko Kramaric, Ivo Skrabalo and Djurdja Adlesic, the Albanian MPs Gaqo Apostoli, Fatmir Mediu, Dashamir Shehi and Engjell Bejtaj, Mariusz Kaminski (Poland), the belgian senators Jean Cornil and Georges Dallemagne, the Representative of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Aminat Saijeva (Lithuania), Ramzan Ampoukaev (Poland), Karoly Arszlan Berg (Hungary), Lev Ponomarev, President of the Movement for Human Rights (Russia), Irena Lasota, President of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (USA), the President of the Russian Radicals Nikolaj Khramov and the Co-Chairman of the Russian Chechen Friendship Society Stanislav Mikhailovic Dmitrievskiy.

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