International Communist Movement

The Steps Taken by the Ten Conferences of the International Conference of the Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations

The first conference, in 1994, established an ideological and political basis through the ‘communist proclamation’, and formed minimum organisational means (a coordination committee, a journal, Unity and Struggle). It also passed a certain number of resolutions and launched some concrete campaigns.

The Paris conference, in 1995, more particularly approached the question of the balance-sheet of socialism. It also triumphed over a tendency defended by certain parties, according to which the conference ought only to be a discussion club without the capacity of taking decisions. These parties, which were in a small minority, on not having their way in this matter, then had left.

That of 1996, held in the Dominican Republic, notably, systemised a certain number of internal norms of functioning of the Conference.

In 1997 in Germany the principal discussion was carried out on the work of the parties in the working class.

The 1998 conference which was held in Venezuela more particularly dealt with the question of imperialist globalisation.

In 2000 the conference leaned on two concrete experiences: the Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta and that of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador. These parties gave expositions of the direction of their work in the revolutionary process in their respective countries. It also discussed a joint text of the Communist Organisation ‘October’ of Spain and our party (Communist Workers’ Party of France tr. ) on the Yugoslav war.

The conference of 2001, in Mexico, was marked by the outrage on the New York towers and the announcement of the ‘war on terror’ by Bush. It notably discussed a common text of the Communist Organisation ‘October’) and our party on the changes occurring in the working class shaped by the evolutions of techniques, with the development of flexibility, of precariousness, the breaking up and the atomisation of the working class. This conference would be put in to mourning by the death of Comrade Sergio, secretary of the fraternal party of Mexico, at the close of this same conference.

In 2002, the conference which was held in Denmark, analysed the international situation created by the war of redivision launched by US imperialism and the vast opposition movement which developed throughout the world. Several parties there in their polemics strongly opposed the Red Flag Party for its position regarding the current process in its country.

This polemic took on a greater breadth at the conference of 2003 which was held in the Dominican Republic. To the disagreements founded on the evaluation of the characterisation of the regime of H. Chavez were added the older disagreements, now exacerbated, of Red Flag with the very nature of the conference. The latter adopted precise norms which were necessarily more compelling than those which governed to date.

Courtesy: ‘La Forge’, No. 448, Paris, January 2005.

Translated from the French by Vijay Singh.

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