Sept. 3, 2000: Diario Las Américas, Miami, page 1-A

An Appeal to the Millennium Summit

on Captive Nations of Communism

NEW YORK Sept. 3, 2000 (CubDest) - In a joint initiative through the Internet, Cuban exiles, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans and Laotians, as well as Colombians who are victims of the narco-guerrillas, are sending thousands of e-mails to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and to the mandataries that are going to participate in the next Millennium Summit (New York, Sept. 6-8), exhorting them to take effective and concrete measures in favor of 1.3 billion human beings that continue living in slavery imposed by Communist regimes.

The message, entitled "The Millennium Summit before Communism:

Same as Pontius Pilate?", claims that "in the Third Millennium of the Christian Era which now begins, totalitarian Communism continues to be a scourge of mankind and a real threat to world peace". The document adds that "Communism -with its doctrine which is diametrically opposed to the Commandments of the Law of God and on account of its cruelty, was denounced as a ‘Satanic whip,’ and as ‘intrinsically perverse’ (Pope Pius XI, encyclical letter ‘Divini Redemptoris’)- murdered 100 million victims in the Twentieth Century, and even today enslaves 1.3 billion people in China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Laos; through the narco-guerrillas and with the support of Havana, Communism today bleeds Colombia and encourages revolutionary movements in Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, etc.; and today it is in the process of reorganization in Russia and several Eastern European countries."

In the communiqué, it is manifested the concern that Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the conclusion of the Millennium Summit, "is planning a visit to Communist Cuba to tighten political and economic bonds with Havana, with the purpose of reviving past Soviet Union agreements; the very agreements that served to promote and finance Communist revolution, starting in Cuba and spreading throughout numerous nations of Latin America and Africa."

"In the face of this threat which, like a spiritual AIDS threatens to contaminate the Third Millennium, we ask the following question; what will the Secretary General of the United Nations and the mandataries of free countries do? Will they take a stand against the Communist regimes that systematically and with utter impunity violate the United Nations'

Declaration of Human Rights? Or will they settle for the easy way out, thereby becoming accomplices and opting for a Pontius Pilate attitude?", appeal the exiles. And they conclude: "History and, above all Divine Providence, will reward generously the unfaltering attitude of those who defend the rights of God and of the 1.3 billion people who suffer today in Communist countries. But together they will judge harshly, those who had the real possibilities to take a stand against that evil, but instead opted to do nothing about it".

The young Vietnamese Nguyen Van Vinh, from the Center for a Free Vietnam, of

Massachusetts (MA), manifested that they have received thousands of adhesions to this initiative through the Internet, coming from 43 countries throughout the 5 continents. To send such message by e-mail to the Millennium Summit, you should go to the Web page or ask for the text at