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“Anti-Separatism Movement”

  • The Statement of the International Public Organization’s Initiative Group

In modern times when intercultural dialogue is extremely important, the separatist movements that perceive the right of peoples to self-determination as the primary reference source and question the territorial integrity of states not only in the surrounding regions, but also throughout the world, thus undermining the possibility of coexistence of peoples, and becomes a global problem which seriously threatens safety, stability and security.

In recent years, the vast majority of conflicts in EU, Eastern European countries, post-Soviet geography, and Near and Middle East have emerged as a result of separatism, ending up in killings of thousands of innocent people, including women and children, and emergence of millions of refugees. It should be expressed with a pity that the world community’s approach to this problem is performed mainly in the context of various political interests, and it often ignores separatist ideas in different regions of the world, without paying serious attention to them, thus leading to the transformation of separatism into a global problem threatening peace in the world. The humankind is facing a new threat now.

We, participants of the International Forum named “The Separatism Poses Threats to International Peace and Security” who undersigned this Declaration clearly realize that:

– The conflicts inflicted by the separatist movements have created a serious threat to peace, security, stability and the future of humanity;

– We express our conviction that the principle of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized state borders reflected in the “European Security Order” of the “Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy” adopted in June 2016 is an essential precondition for ensuring global peace;

– Stating that the right of nations to self-determination through the violation of the principle of territorial integrity contradicts universal ideals such as the coexistence of nations, importance of intercultural dialogue, peace and stability;

– In parallel with expressing our respect for the rights and freedoms of all nations, we state that global peace is superior to all political rights and interests;

– We call on leaders of the world countries, parliamentarians and governments to refrain from recognition of the territories who illegitimately declared their “independence” by violating the principles of international law and as a result of foreign military support;

– We invite all interested parties to the conflicts inflicted by the separatist movements to demonstrate political wisdom and self-possession, reject bloodshed and use of force, and to discuss and resolve the problem by the negotiating table:

  1. Based on ideas, proposals and suggestions made by the representatives from different countries, including former state and government leaders, parliamentarians, experts, political and public figures, at the forum it was decided to establish the Initiative Group of the International Public Organization “Anti-Separatist Movement”, aiming to contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security. This group is formed up by representatives of 30 countries (Albania, Germany, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Greece);
  2. The “Anti-Separatist Movement” International Public Organization shall respect the rights of all states, peoples, nations, ethnic or religious minorities, and categorically shall not act in any way against any state, people, nation, religion, ethnic or other minorities, and will serve to promote universal ideas like intercultural dialogue, co-operation, peace, stability and security;
  3. The idea of ​​creating this Movement is based on the wish to draw the attention of the word community to the fact that the conflicts that arise as a result of separatist movements in different parts of the world, result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, turn them into refugees and displaced persons, thus threatening the global peace and the future of humanity;
  4. The Initiative Group believes it is expedient to conduct the Conference of the International Public Organization “Anti-Separatist Movement” during the first half of 2018 in one of the countries supporting the idea of ​​the Movement.
  5. We urge the world leaders, international community, political parties, experts, public organizations and the media to support Anti-Separatist Movement, which aims to contribute to the peace, coexistence, inter-ethnic harmony, and intercultural dialogue.

Brussels, 20 November, 2017

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