The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO thinks that the Iraqi crisis can be resolved by stationing on Iraqs borders a powerful international contingent of military forces to control the situation during the transitional period and ready to carry out immediate acts of force in the event of a corresponding political decision, as well as activisation and expansion of the scope of work of the UN inspectors. Only the presence of a military contingent can make the work of the UN inspectors really efficient and can lead to changes, limited but very important changes, and will demonstrate to Saddam Hussein that he can no longer play with contradictions inside the international community.
A real threat of an immediate act of force and demonstration of the unity of the international community is a efficient way of controlling the Baghdad regime and avoiding war. The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO thinks it reasonable to immediately convoke, preferably in Moscow, a "Twenty" Russia - NATO summit meeting to strengthen the international anti-terror coalition and develop a joint plan of action to resolve the problem of Iraq's disarmament.
Such a plan of action fully complies with the spirit and letter of the UN and the Security Council decisions on Iraq."
(From the statement of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, from February
The Results of the World Anti-War Action on February 15, 2003.
London - 1 mln people (2.5 mln according to organiser data)
Rome - 1 mln
New York 100,000
San Francisco 150,000
Republic of South Africa 5,000
Tel-Aviv 3,000 (Arabs + Jews)
Seoul - several thousand
Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia) - several thousand
Cambodia - 2,000
Australia and Oceania
Wellington (New Zealand) 10,000
Moscow - 500 people (200 near the Boulevard Ring road and 300 communists near the US Embassy)
Situation around Iraq