NPCA's opinion on the war.
- This is a message from NPCA.
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
National Peace Corps Association
1900 L Street N.W. #205
Washington DC 20036
The National Peace Corps Association calls on the U.S. Government to hold to
the road of multilateral cooperation to solve the issue of Iraq's possession
of weapons of mass destruction. We also demand that the Government of Iraq
comply fully with the resolutions of the Security
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 stranger's 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
. renew its commitment to effective international inspections to identify
and eliminate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq;
. 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;
* 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
. 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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