March 13, 2003 - NPCA Group Leaders Listserv: NPCA Board passes Resolution on Iraq

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 12:36 pm: Edit Post

NPCA Board passes Resolution on Iraq





Read and comment on this email that we just received from the NPCA Group Leaders listserv asking us to publicize the following resolution on Iraq that was just approved by the NPCA's Board of Directors. The resolution calls on the US Government to renew its commitment to effective international inspections to identify and eliminate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and continue to work in concert with the United Nations to solve the Iraqi crisis, if possible without resorting to force, but in any case seeking the broadest possible mandate from the Security Council. Read the resolution at:

Resolution on Iraq*

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Resolution on Iraq

Please transmit the following resolution on Iraq, just approved by the NPCA Board, to your membership. In addition the NPCA will be issuing a press release and putting the resolution on our website. Please publicize it as extensively as possible. Our listservs are in transition as we bring them in-house. Our large NPCA listserv is therefore not functioning at this time so we are relying on this channel of communication to our group leaders to get the message out. Many thanks for your help. Dane

Dane F. Smith
President
National Peace Corps Association
202-293-7728 x19
1900 L Street N.W. #205
Washington DC 20036
dane@rpcv.org
www.rpcv.org
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The National Peace Corps Association calls on the U.S. Government to hold to the road of multilateral cooperation to solve the issue of Iraqís possession of weapons of mass destruction. We also demand that the Government of Iraq comply fully with the resolutions of the Security Council.

Peace Corps alumni have a special responsibility to the people of the United States and the world. Few Americans have had the privilege to live as closely with the citizens of other countries, and to learn as much about other cultures, as Peace Corps Volunteers. Most of us know the remarkable experience of being welcomed into a strangerís home, in a foreign place, far from our families. We know the feeling of overcoming language barriers in order to communicate as human beings. We understand the rocky road that must be traveled to overcome suspicion and misunderstanding that result from cultural and ethnic differences. We know, firsthand, that living together as citizens of a common planet is not an easy task. But, we know that with effort it can and must be done, a lesson reinforced by September 11.

Acting on this knowledge, the National Peace Corps Association, the nonprofit membership organization representing returned Peace Corps volunteers and Peace Corps staff throughout the United States, has issued a statement on international peace that it believes reflects the views of the great majority of Peace Corps veterans. That statement can be found on the NPCA website at http://www.rpcv.org.

Specifically, we respectfully request that the United States Government
to renew its commitment to effective international inspections to identify and eliminate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq;
to continue to work in concert with the United Nations to solve the Iraqi crisis, if possible without resorting to force, but in any case seeking the broadest possible mandate from the Security Council;
to take great care in its planning to minimize the injury and suffering to innocent Iraqi civilians.
We call upon the Iraqi Government
to comply fully with all relevant Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 144l;
to cooperate fully and unconditionally with UN weapons inspectors;
to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction.
We call on U.N. and nongovernmental relief agencies to expand significantly now efforts to provide food, medical supplies, and other humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq, recognizing that such efforts can help protect Iraqi civilians from being the unintended targets of war.

The National Peace Corps Association is a nonpartisan organization that advocates on behalf of the Peace Corps and a humane and engaged U.S. foreign policy. We believe we represent the great majority of the approximately 168,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers who have served their country in its effort to improve human understanding and promote international peace.

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By Terry Adcock Colombia 61-63 on Friday, March 14, 2003 - 8:18 am: Edit Post

If asked by the National Peace Corps Association to sign its "Resolution on Iraq," I would refuse.

I prefer the statement by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for a Better World:

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Our Statement:
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Oppose War in Iraq


Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 165,000 individuals have served in 136 countries around the world as Peace Corps Volunteers.

The current administration is threatening a preemptive strike against Iraq, the first in our nationís history. As former Peace Corps Volunteers who have worked to promote understanding between Americans and the peoples of other countries, we call upon our president and other elected leaders to resist the temptation of war.

A U.S. military invasion of Iraq would cause the deaths of thousands of Iraqi civilians, put more than one million children at risk of dying from malnutrition1, and heighten political tensions in the Middle East. It would, in fact, pose a grave danger to people around the globe.

We, the undersigned Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, refuse to condone any U.S. policy of unilateral military action against Iraq.

Moreover, we call upon our fellow Americans to join with us in supporting a peaceful resolution of the current situation -- one that is respectful of the United Nations, the Iraqi people, and international law.

This ad is sponsored by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for a Better World in partnership with EPIC.

(1) "Integrated Humanitarian Contingency Plan for Iraq and Neighbouring Countries" 1-07-03 UN Report

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I signed that Statement. You can too, by going to:
http://epic-usa.org/rpcv/


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