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HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL II
HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL OF RUSSUA ALEKSEI II
HIS HOLINESS MAIN MUFTY OF THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC OF ICHKERIA
Mr. Kofi Annan, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATION
His Excellency George W. Bush, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Her Majesty Elizabeth II, QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN
His Excellency Jackue Chirac, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF FRANCE
His Excellency Gerhard Schroeder, CHANCELLOR OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
Mr. Peter Schieder, PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF EUROPE
Mr. Antonio Martins da Cruz, CHAIRPERSON OF THE CONFERENCE ON SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE
Mr. Walter Schwimmer, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Mr. Pat Cox, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
His Excellency Vladimir Putin, PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
His Excellency Aslan Maskhadov, PRESIDENT OF THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC OF ICHKERIA
His Excellency Valdas Adamkus, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
THE AMBASSADORS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO LITHUANIA


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     On putting an end to the Russia’s colonial war in Chechenia and on recognition the independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria



Vilnius December 10, 2002

                            Treading the right of self-determination recognized by all countries of the United Nations Organization, norms of the International law and other documents, signed also by Russia, during 8 years Russia is waging the colonial war against the Chechen nation. In 1991 the Chechen people declared the independence of their country from Russia. During some centuries Russia enslaved Chechenia and methodically killed the Chechens.
     The Chechen people democratically elected their President and Parliament, created their authorities, adopted the Constitution. Chechenia was an independent democratic country DE FACTO.
     Since December 11, 1994 Russia cruelly destroyed all the economy of Chechenia. Russia is making the war against Chechenia, declared its independence, by genocide methods. Russia damaged Chechenia near 300 billions dollars of USA, killed near 300 thousand people and near 80% of population of Chechenia were banished from their homes. These are obvious signs of the colonial war and the total genocide of the Chechens, therefore:

     WE DEMAND:

1. that Russia immediately and unconditionally cease its military actions, honour the Peace Treaty of 12 May 1997, withdraw its army, and reimburse the damages created for Chechenia;
2. that the United Nations Organisation send international peace keeping forces to Chechen Republic of Ichkeria;
3. that the states of the world immediately and unconditionally recognise the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria DE JURE so that this peaceful nation heroically defending itself will not be further discriminated against and killed by larger states. By deferring the recognition of the independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, they are actually becoming accomplices in the annihilation of the Chechen nation and state;
4. that the United Nations Organisation hand the authorities of the Russian Federation over to the International Criminal Court for the crimes committed in the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.

     In the name of the Great Law of Love, we hereby apply for the countries of the world provide effective humanitarian aid to the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and ensure that it reaches the victims.
     We declare that it is immoral to call defenders of the freedom of Chechenia bandits, terrorists or criminals. They defend their Motherland and Independence, what is a sacred duty of every human being. It is the Russian army what acts have actionable characteristics of banditry, terrorism and criminality. According the law Russia must bear the responsibility its actions.
     The Lithuanian nation also survived a similar genocide During 50 years Lithuania lost a third part of the nation and experienced huge losses. According to KGB data, from 1944 to 1953 there were 120 groups of 77 000 partisans operated in Lithuania. About 20 thousand partisans perished and about 18 000 were arrested. The Lithuanian partisan movement during 10 years after 1944 resisted the Soviet occupational structures.
As Lithuania is near the empire of Russia all our people and we, partisans, have felt the complete safety only now when in Prague on November 21, 2002 Lithuania was offered to join NATO and when on November 23, 2002 in our capital Vilnius President of the USA, Mr. George Bush declared about it.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you.

From behalf of partisans:

Jonas Ceponis, Presidium Chairman of the Movement (Sajudis) of Partisan Struggle for Lithuanian Freedom

Monsignor Alfonsas Svarinskas, chaplain of Lithuanian partisans

Vitautas Balsis, Chief of staff of the Movement (Sajudis) of Partisan Struggle for Lithuanian Freedom

Contact address: Jonas Ceponis, Sodu g. 3, LT-5300, Panevezys, Lithuania
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