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Hello all,
Just got this over e-mail and thought it might be of interest to some.
Peace,
Ari.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   2/24/1998


Local Contact:
PEACE EDUCATION CENTER
Amy Cairns, Coordinator
(517) 337 - 8087 or cairnsam@pilot.msu.edu

Students United for Peaceful Revolution
Jeff Magnani  (517) 355-7029
       Social Relations/English major at MSU
Jennifer Leja  (517) 353 - 5601
        Journalism/French major at MSU
Lindsey Larkin  (517) 355-7124
        Social Relations major at MSU


If You Want Peace, Prepare For Peace

LANSING  If the U.S. wants a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Iraq, it
cannot simultaneously allow the continued violence of blanket sanctions and a
massive military buildup.

A Rally for Peace will be held at the Capitol Building at 5:00 PM on Thursday,
February 26 for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Iraq. The negotiated
accord is only a first step to bringing peace to the region.

We applaud President Clinton's willingness to pursue the agreement brokered by
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that The Government of Iraq undertakes to
accord to Unscom and IAEA immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access in
conformity with the (UN) resolutions. (Para. 3 of the Accord signed by Iraq
Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as
reported by the NYT, 2/24/98, p.A8).  We encourage President Clinton to
continue to pursue peaceful diplomatic relations with the Government of
Iraq to
reduce the suffering of the people of Iraq.

We urge President Clinton to lift the economic sanctions from Iraq; the
sanctions have been the direct cause of up to 4,500 deaths of Iraqi children
per month who have not been able to obtain food and medicine.(International
Action Center)

The sanctions prevent the rebuilding of the damage to the civilian
infrastructure that was destroyed by the 1991 bombings and prevent the
empowerment of the Iraqi people essential to their self-determination and an
end to the unrest in the region.

Over 1 million innocent people died as a direct result of the bombings in 1991
and another million have died since due to the sanctions. Over 88.5 thousand
tons of bomb were dropped on Iraq more than were dropped on Europe during
WWII and the targets water treatment plants, sewage plants, bomb shelters,
and fleeing refugees constitutes a gross violation of Article 48 of the
Geneva Convention. (Pax Christi USA, 1998)

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Co-Sponsors:
Arab Student Organization (MSU-East Lansing),
Black Student Alliance (MSU-East Lansing),
Food Not Bombs (East Lansing)
the Muslim Student Association (MSU-East Lansing),
Pax Christi Michigan,
Peace Action of Michigan,
Peace Education Center (East Lansing),
Students United for Peaceful Revolution (MSU-East Lansing),
Worldtree Peace Center (Kalamazoo).


References:
Pax Christi  814/453-4955
International Action Center  212/633-6646


Geneva Convention Article 48
It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects
indispensable to the survival of the civilian population such as food,
livestock, agricultural areas and drinking water installations.

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