Dear Guild Members,
>
> In light of Bush's virtual declaration of war, the National Lawyers
> Guild must act to try to prevent the war.  As the German ambassador
> said, "If there's a 1% chance of peace, we should give it 100% of our
> efforts."
> By this email, we inform you of a campaign that is being launched by
> the Guild.  NLG President Bruce Nestor has sent a letter very similar
> to the one below to all members of the Security Council who did not
> appear to favor the US demand for war; The letter asks the Security
> Council to pass a resolution to condemn the US action, and or Convene
> and emergency meeting of the General Assembly to consider a Uniting For
> Peace Resolution pursuant to Resolution 377.
> >
> > It is imperative that you send the proposed email messages to the
> > various UN email addresses which refers to a draft of a Uniting For
> > Peace Resolution to be considered and passed by the General Assembly.
> >
> > I have listed below the email addresses of the delegations you need to
> > send this letter to.  I would send one to each address on a separate
email
> > making sure to fill in which delegation you have sent it to. Please
> > copy the National Office at director@nlg.org on the emails you send, so
> > we can keep track.
> >
> > Thank you for your cooperation.
> > Heidi Boghosian
> >
> >
> > France Phone: (212) 308-5700 E-Mail: france-presse@un.int Fax: (212)
> > 421-6889 or (212) 207-9765
> >
> > China Phone: (212) 655-6100 E-Mail chinamission_un@fmprc.gov.cn
> > (212)634-7626
> >
> > Russia Phone: (212) 861-4900 E-Mail rusun@un.int Fax: (212) 628-0252
> >
> > Cameroon Phone: (212) 794-2296 E-Mail info@cameroonmission.org Fax:(212)
> > 249-0533
> >
> > Guinea Phone: (212) 687-8115 E-Mail guinea@un.int Fax: (212)687-8248
> >
> > Mexico Phone: (212) 752-0220 E-Mail mexico@un.int Fax: (212)688-8862
> >
> > Angola Phone: (212) 861-5656 E-Mail ang-un@angloamissionun.org Fax:
> > (212)861-9295
> >
> > Chile Phone: (212) 832-3323 E-Mail chile@un.int Fax: (212)832-0236
> >
> > Pakistan Phone: (212) 879-8600 E-Mail Pakistan@un.int Fax:(212)744-7348
> >
> > Germany Phone: (212) 940-0400 E-Mail contact@germany-un.org Fax: (212)
> > 940-0402
> >
> > Syria Phone: (212) 661-1313 E-Mail syria@un.int Fax: (212)983-4439
> >
> > Sample Letter
> >
> > Dear  Members of the ______________ delegation to the UN Security
> > Council:
> >
> > I am a writing to you as a member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
> > (www.nlg.org.)  (PLEASE PUT IN SOMETHING PERSONAL ABOUT YOURSELF, SUCH
> > AS WHERE YOU LIVE, HOW LONG YOU HAVE BEEN A LAWYER, ETC.)
> >
> > The National Lawyers Guild was formed in 1937 and has from its inception
> > promoted the formation of the United Nations and the development of
> > methods to peacefully resolve international conflict.
> >
> > I endorse the message sent to you by our President, Bruce Nestor, on
> > behalf of the many millions of Americans and people throughout the world
> > who believe the war President Bush has declared on Iraq is illegal and
> > must be stopped.  As the Guild's president suggested, we urge you to
> > work with your fellow members of the Security Council to pass a
> > resolution condemning the United States for threatening to wage a war of
> > aggression against Iraq.  We request the resolution further state that
> > should there be a veto of this resolution,  the Security Council shall
> > immediately  call for an emergency session of the General Assembly under
> > the Uniting for Peace Resolution 377 to consider sending an emergency UN
> > Peacekeeping force into Iraq to supervise the inspections and prevent
> > the US from invading.
> >
> > The security council rightfully declined to authorize the use of force
> > against Iraq as such an authorization would have exceeded its authority
> > under the Charter to maintain international peace and security.
> >
> > We suggest a resolution such as the one below.  (Based on a draft by the
> > Center for Constitutional Rights)
> >
> > Your opposition to the demands of the US on the Security Council will
> > have been for naught if the members do not take action such as requested
> > by the NLG.
> >
> > Please give this your utmost attention,
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > __________________________
> >
> > Draft Uniting for Peace Resolution
> >
> > The General Assembly,
> >
> > CALLING TO MIND the United Nation's fundamental goal since its founding
> > to work towards international peace and security and to end aggressive
> > war, and especially article 2(4) of the UN Charter which demands that,
> > "states shall refrain in their international relations from the threat
> > of use or use of force against the territorial integrity or political
> > independence of any state,"
> >
> > RECALLING its resolution 377(A) (1950) entitled "Uniting for Peace,"
> > which "resolves that if the Security Council fails to exercise its
> > primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and
> > security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace,
> > breach of the peace, or act of aggression, the General Assembly shall
> > consider the matter immediately with a view to making appropriate
> > recommendation to Members for collective measures,"
> >
> > RECOGNIZING that ten emergency sessions have been called under the
> > auspices of resolution 377(A) since its adoption and that those sessions
> > have contributed towards pacification of violent or possibly violent
> > situations,
> >
> > CONVINCED that each Member State has an obligation as a UN Member to
> > work to maintain international peace and security,
> >
> > CONSCIOUS of the recent attention to the situation in Iraq and the
> > consequent renewal of weapons inspections in Iraq,
> >
> > RECALLING especially Security Council resolution 1441, which called for
> > immediate reinstatement of weapons inspections and complete Iraqi
> > compliance,
> >
> > RECALLING further the joint statement issued by Security Council
> > members, France, China, and Russia in concert with the adoption of
> > resolution 1441 that further UN approval would be required before any
> > actions to further enforce the resolution would occur
> >
> > BEARING IN MIND the request of Hans Blix, chief United Nations Inspector
> > for chemical and biological weapons, and Dr. Mohamed El Baradei,
> > director of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, for several
> > more months to finish the inspections,
> >
> > EXPRESSING ITS GRAVE CONCERN at the most recent developments with
> > regards to Iraq and their implications for international peace and
> > security,
> >
> > EXPRESSING FURTHER CONCERN about the proposed use of force by certain
> > Member States in spite of these findings,
> >
> > AWARE of the build-up of military forces by the United States, the
> > United Kingdom and other Member States in the Iraq area,
> >
> > HAVING HEARD the statement by the United States Ambassador to the UN
> > that he believes that resolution 1441 "does not constrain any member
> > State from acting to defend itself against the threat posed by Iraq, or
> > to enforce relevant UN resolutions,"
> >
> > NOTING that United States President Bush has stated his intention to
> > forcibly disarm Saddam Hussein even without obtaining an additional
> > Security Council resolution,
> >
> > NOTING that officials of the governments of the United States and the
> > United Kingdom have stated that they may use force against Iraq without
> > an additional Security Council resolution,
> >
> > NOTING that the Security Council is unable to adopt a resolution
> > preventing the use of force against Iraq because of the exercise of the
> > veto by some of the Council's permanent Members,
> >
> > NOTING that Security Council resolution 1441 does not authorize the use
> > of force against Iraq,
> >
> > NOTING that certain Member States have indicated that they will bypass
> > the Security Council in using force against Iraq,
> >
> > CONVINCED therefore that the Security Council because of lack of
> > unanimity of the permanent Members cannot exercise its primary
> >
> > responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security
> > in a case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the
> > peace, or act of aggression,
> >
> > 1. REAFFIRMS the right of the people of Iraq to human rights in
> > accordance with the Charter, including the right to determine their own
> > future and form of government;
> >
> > 2. REAFFIRMS that territorial integrity is a fundamental principle of
> > the Charter of the UN, and any violation of that principle is contrary
> > to the Charter;
> >
> > 3. REITERATES the intentions and strategies approved by the Security
> > Council in its resolution 1441;
> >
> > 4. DECLARES that military action as proposed by the US against Iraq is
> > contrary to the UN Charter and customary international law;
> >
> > 5. CALLS UPON Iraq to comply fully with the UNMOVIC weapons inspections
> > regime;
> >
> > 6. DEPLORES the latest attempts by certain Security Council Members to
> > undermine the international consensus achieved in Security Council
> > resolution 1441(2002);
> >
> > 7. CONDEMNS any use of force against Iraq without Security Council
> > approval;
> >
> > 8. URGES the United States, the United Kingdom and other Member States
> > to act according to their obligations under the principles of the
> > Charter and international law, and therefore to not employ force against
> > Iraq without Security Council approval;
> >
> > 9. CALLS UPON Member States to act in accordance with the principles of
> > the UN Charter especially by respecting state sovereignty and the
> > principle of non-aggression;
> >
> > 10. REQUESTS Member States to cooperate fully in the carrying out of
> > this resolution;
> >
> > 11. REQUESTS the Secretary-General to keep Member States informed as to
> > the progress of the implementation of this resolution.