RENGO, from the fundamental perspective of opposing war for whatever
reason, under whatever circumstances, has taken various actions to find
a peaceful solution. However, the U.S. and British military forces began
the war against Iraq with military strikes. This is extremely regrettable.
RENGO, as members of a country that was the victim of nuclear bombing,
from the standpoint that no nation can be permitted to possess nuclear
or other weapons of mass destruction, for any reason, has taken the
- We have demanded that the problem of Iraq be resolved by the government
of Iraq itself, in compliance with Resolution 1441 of the United Nations
Security Council, by completely eliminating its weapons of mass destruction
and restoring international trust;
- We have demanded that the governments of the United States and Britain
resolve the issue peacefully without military action.
- We have called on the Japanese government to listen to the voices
of its many citizens who want a peaceful solution, and to promptly
work with other governments to work for a peaceful settlement, and
to make all information open to the people.
- In addition, we have cooperated with trade union movements in other
countries, centered around the International Confederation of Free
Trade Unions (ICFTU), to work for a peaceful settlement.
We fundamentally believe that a peaceful solution should be reached,
and in order to achieve an immediate end to the war in Iraq, resolve
- The United Nations should take various measures to quickly end the
war and resolve the problems in a peaceful manner. It should demonstrate
a powerful initiative to restore world peace and the international
- The governments of the United States, Britain and other countries
participating in the action should promptly cease hostilities.
- The Government of Iraq should work to contain the conflict so that
its people do not suffer any more, by urgently and fully complying
with UN Security Council Resolution 1441, and issuing a statement
that it will eliminate its weapons of mass destruction.
- The Japanese Government, in strict compliance with its Constitution,
should as an important member of the United Nations work in linkage
with other countries calling for a peaceful solution, and try to contain
the situation by making diplomatic efforts to achieve a prompt cease-fire.
- RENGO, in order to maintain the international system of peace and
order centered around the United Nations, defend the lives and human
rights of ordinary citizens in Iraq, and protect the global environment,
will, in addition to taking independent actions, strengthen links
with the ICTFU and trade unions in various countries to call upon
the agencies concerned to make efforts toward a peaceful solution.