The world says no to foreign military bases
International Conference for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases
March 5 to 9, 2007. Quito and Manta, Ecuador
We come together from 40 countries as grassroots activists from groups that promote women's rights, indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice, human rights, and social justice. We come from social movements, peace movements, faith-based organizations, youth organizations, trade unions, and indigenous communities. We come from local, national, and international formations.
Australia part of new global anti-military bases drive.
"We're delighted that Ecuadoran President Raphael Correa will open the International Conference for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases," said Denis Doherty, leader of the Australian delegation to the conference which opens in Quito on Monday, 5 March 2007.
"He will be joined at the opening by Defence Minister Dr Escudero and Quito Mayor Paco Moncayo, showing the importance of this gathering," said Denis Doherty who is the National Coordinator of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition.
Over 400 delegates from Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe and north and south America will meet for three days to discuss the social, political, security and environmental problems posed by the presence of foreign military bases in their countries.
They will also take steps to co-ordinate and organise the growing global movement against foreign, mainly United States, bases.
Delegates will travel to the US military base at Manta. President Correa has declared that the lease on the base will not be renewed when it falls due in 2009.
"Its an interesting contrast," Denis Doherty said.
"The people of Ecuador have decided to throw out the US base at Manta. At the same time in Australia a new US military base at Geraldton has been agreed after two years of secret negotiations about which the Australian people knew nothing.
"However, the 30-year old campaign to rid Australia of United States bases will find new strength from this new global anti-bases organisation," Denis Doherty said.
"Major demonstrations are already planned against the Talisman Saber US-Australian war games to be held in June at the new base at Shoalwater Bay in Queensland.
"Other actions will take place at Pine Gap, Geraldton and others of the almost 40 United States military facilities on our soil," Mr Doherty concluded.
For further information, please contact:
Denis Doherty Hotel Plaza International 593 - 2 - 2524 530
Conference Office 593 - 2 - 2545 428
Conference website: wwww.no-bases.org