International Network of Women Solidarity against War - International Network of Women in Black

Statement
Women Solidarity against War

Unfortunately, war tension in the Balkans have not become a part of the past, yet.

The peace agreement in Macedonia is still very fragile. Each side should put more efforts as to stop the violence. The international community is obliged to stop the renewal of violence and to disarm all sides, that do not behave in accordance with the signed peace agreement.

The civilians are, as in all previous wars, the most tragic victims of armed conflicts. The number of displaced persons has already gone beyond 115 000.

International Network of Women Solidarity against War - International Network of Women in Black supports all organizations in Macedonia, in spite of their ethnical structure, who are looking for ways to create a peace and to achieve nonviolent conflict resolution in Macedonia. The Network supports organizations of Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, Roma and other women who resist every kind of ethnic homogenization and do not recognize the right of the militarists to speak on the behalf of the whole community.

We are damanding an urgent cease of armed conflicts and violence, which is a compulsory precondition for establishing peace and encouraging displaced persons to return.

International Network of Women in Black, which exists already for ten yeas, made and is still making visible women's nonviolent resistance to all wars and to all kinds of militarism. That is what we intend to do this time also, just before our tenth gathering. (Novi Sad, Aug. 23rd-26th 2001.)