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2610, 1998

13 Million Signatures in Support of Abolition 2000 Presented to the United Nations

By |October 26, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Nuclear Abolition|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 13 Million Signatures in Support of Abolition 2000 Presented to the United Nations

Press Conference, United Nations. Statement by Vernon C. Nichols on the Presentation to the United Nations of 13 Million Signatures in support of the Abolition 2000 Campaign. Members of the Diplomatic Missions to the United Nations, members of the press and fellow Non-Governmental Organization representatives: I am Vernon C. Nichols and I represent the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation at the United Nations. Today, I am speaking in place of its President, Dr. [...]

1910, 1998

Statement of His Excellency Archbishop Renato R. Martino Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations on Landmines

By |October 19, 1998|Categories: International Issues, International Law, Key Issues, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Statement of His Excellency Archbishop Renato R. Martino Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations on Landmines

Before the First Committee of the 53rd Session Of the United Nations General Assembly General and Complete Disarmament New York City Mr. Chairman, The international community has, in recent times, witnessed some positive-albeit modest-trends in disarmament. An anti-personnel landmines treaty has come into existence and all who worked to make this a reality, deserve congratulations. Unknown numbers of innocent civilians, particularly children, will be spared the cruel maiming and death caused by [...]

1610, 1998

World Medical Association Condemns Nuclear Weapons

By |October 16, 1998|Categories: Key Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Threat|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on World Medical Association Condemns Nuclear Weapons

The World Medical Association, at its 50th WMA General Assembly, held in Ottawa, Canada, unanimously adopted the following Declaration on Nuclear Weapons: Preamble In October 1990, the World Medical Association (WMA) adopted a WMA Declaration on Chemical and Biological Weapons (Document 17.Y) in which it condemned and asked asked all governments to refrain from the development and use of these weapons, and urged national medical associations to join the WMA in actively [...]

1210, 1998

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says ‘Conflict Is Worst Enemy of Development Everywhere’

By |October 12, 1998|Categories: International Law, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says ‘Conflict Is Worst Enemy of Development Everywhere’

Following is the statement by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the opening meeting of the General Assembly's First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) at the current session, in New York today: Mr. Chairman, Let me begin by congratulating you on your election to chair this important Committee. The fact that it is the First Committee of the General Assembly reflects the priority given to disarmament by the United Nations in its earliest days. [...]

110, 1998

Excerpt from Senator Douglas Roche’s first speech in Canada’s Senate

By |October 1, 1998|Categories: Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Threat|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Excerpt from Senator Douglas Roche’s first speech in Canada’s Senate

...Third, I draw the attention of honourable senators to the high potential for a significant Canadian contribution to international peace and security. We are an important middle-power country, and our leadership is needed in addressing the most compelling problem faced by the world community today. The continued existence of 30,000 nuclear weapons almost a decade after the end of the Cold War is an affront to humanity. Five thousand of these weapons [...]

2509, 1998

Appeal on Proposed Transport of Spent Nuclear Fuel from Kozloduy to Russia Vienna, Austria

By |September 25, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Nuclear Waste|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Appeal on Proposed Transport of Spent Nuclear Fuel from Kozloduy to Russia Vienna, Austria

Signed by 46 Representatives of European NGOs We, undersigned representatives of environmental organizations, scientists, politicians, are in strong opposition to proposed transportation of spent nuclear fuel from Bulgarian nuclear plant Kozloduy to Russia for the reprocessing. Spent nuclear fuel is high-level nuclear waste produced by nuclear industry and its transportation poses significant danger to the environment and population of the countries through which the spent nuclear fuel will be transported. According to [...]

2109, 1998

Nelson Mandela Calls for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

By |September 21, 1998|Categories: Human Rights, International Issues, Nuclear Abolition|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nelson Mandela Calls for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

President Mandela, in an impassioned speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, called on the nuclear-weapon States to make a firm commitment to eliminating nuclear weapons and on the global community to eradicate poverty. Mandela, the third to speak in the Assembly's opening session after Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Felipe Lampreia and U.S. President William Clinton, received two standing ovations from the full assembly hall. Mandela recalled the very first resolution [...]

1109, 1998

The Challenge Posed by India and Pakistan

By |September 11, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The Challenge Posed by India and Pakistan

In a three-week period, India and Pakistan conducted nuclear tests, thus becoming new members of the nuclear weapons club. Their tests have brought forth broad, even jubilant, support among the Indian and Pakistani people. Following the Pakistani tests, one Pakistani clerk effused, "Pakistan is now a superpower." It is not surprising that India and Pakistan would view nuclear weapons as a path to international security and prestige. The five original members of [...]

1109, 1998

Linus Pauling and the Spirit of Peace: A Tale of Two Petitions

By |September 11, 1998|Categories: Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Linus Pauling and the Spirit of Peace: A Tale of Two Petitions

Linus Pauling was undoubtedly a great scientist. This is attested to by his Nobel Prize in chemistry and his many discoveries in this field. More important, from my perspective, he was also a great human being. He had an unflagging commitment to peace, which he expressed with intelligence and courage. I met Linus Pauling in April 1991, when he was presented with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished [...]

1108, 1998

Appeal for Negotiations to Eliminate Nuclear Arms

By |August 11, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Appeal for Negotiations to Eliminate Nuclear Arms

The nuclear tests in South Asia have jarred the world into new awareness of nuclear danger. They have demonstrated unmistakably the peril of nuclear proliferation and the weakness of international measures of control. They have also cast harsh new light on the persistence of the arsenals of the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, and France, who jointly possess some 35,000 nuclear weapons. These two main components of nuclear danger-proliferation on the [...]

1108, 1998

US Threatens Australia and Aotearoa: “Increase Military Ties Or Else…”

By |August 11, 1998|Categories: Missile Defense, Nuclear Threat|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on US Threatens Australia and Aotearoa: “Increase Military Ties Or Else…”

Women for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific International Peace Bureau, Oceania Representative United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Defence Secretary William Cohen recently visited Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand to do some very heavy threatening about military alliances. They made it clear that Aotearoa would not be allowed to rejoin the ANZUS (Aust/NZ/US) Alliance unless it rejects its nuclear free legislation. In Australia they made it clear what that alliance [...]

1108, 1998

Joint Statement Against Nuclear Tests and Weapons by Retired Pakistani and Indian Armed Forces Personnel

By |August 11, 1998|Categories: Human Rights, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament, Peace|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Joint Statement Against Nuclear Tests and Weapons by Retired Pakistani and Indian Armed Forces Personnel

Recent developments in South Asia in the field of nuclear weapons and the means of their delivery are a serious threat to the wellbeing of this region. The fact that India and Pakistan have fought wars in the recent past and do not as yet enjoy the best of relations, makes this development all the more ominous. The signatories of this statement are not theoreticians or arm-chair idealists; we have spent many [...]

1108, 1998

The End of Imagination

By |August 11, 1998|Categories: Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Threat|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The End of Imagination

"The desert shook," the Government of India informed us (its people). "The whole mountain turned white," the Government of Pakistan replied. By afternoon the wind had fallen silent over Pokhran. At 3.45pm, the timer detonated the three devices. Around 200 to 300m deep in the earth, the heat generated was equivalent to a million degrees centigrade - as hot as temperatures on the sun. Instantly, rocks weighing around a thousand tons, a [...]

1108, 1998

68 Leaders Call for the De-Alerting of Nuclear Weapons

By |August 11, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Nuclear Disarmament, US Nuclear Weapons Policy|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 68 Leaders Call for the De-Alerting of Nuclear Weapons

The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton The White House Washington, DC 20500 The Honorable Boris Yeltsin The Kremlin Moscow, Russia Dear President Clinton and President Yeltsin: When you come together in your forthcoming meeting, we urge you to set a course so that Earth may enter the new millennium with all nuclear weapons taken off high alert status. One straightforward method to accomplish this would be to separate warheads from their delivery vehicles [...]

408, 1998

JAMA Study Calls for Medical Organizations to Unite in Campaign for Nuclear Abolition

By |August 4, 1998|Categories: Human Rights, Nuclear Abolition, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on JAMA Study Calls for Medical Organizations to Unite in Campaign for Nuclear Abolition

BOSTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Since Hiroshima, physicians have frequently warned of the horrifying burn, blast, and radiation casualties a nuclear war would produce. Even in the post-Cold War era, the world faces the continuing risks of proliferation, terrorism, and deliberate or accidental nuclear war. An organized, global campaign led by medical organizations in support of a verifiable and enforceable Nuclear Weapons Convention would make a significant contribution to safeguarding health in [...]

2607, 1998

A Plea Not to Revive Nuclear Arms Race

By |July 26, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on A Plea Not to Revive Nuclear Arms Race

AS EARLY AS 1985, President Reagan and I, at our first summit, said that nuclear war can never be won, and must never be fought. Even then we knew something very important about the inadmissibility of nuclear war. Today, it is just as true that if nuclear war, on any scale, were ever to be unleashed, or were ever to become a reality, it would threaten the very existence of life on [...]

2607, 1998

Chronology of the India-Pakistan Conflict

By |July 26, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Non-Proliferation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Chronology of the India-Pakistan Conflict

NEW DELHI, July 26 (Reuters) - Following is a chronology of major events involving arch-rivals India and Pakistan, whose prime ministers meet in Colombo on the sidelines of a regional conference in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. October 27, 1947: War breaks out between India and Pakistan in disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir barely two months after their independence from Britain. January 1, 1949: Ceasefire, ordered by United Nations Security Council, takes effect [...]

1107, 1998

Humanity at a Crossroads

By |July 11, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Humanity at a Crossroads

In response to the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan, Henry Kissinger provided new insights into his "realist" view of rationality. Referring to Indian and Pakistani tests, he said: "They live in a rough neighborhood. They don't think the number of bombs makes war more likely. In a perfectly rational world, you'd think more nuclear weapons makes war less likely."Self-proclaimed "realists," including Henry Kissinger, have argued that nuclear weapons cannot be [...]

1107, 1998

The Legal Case for Nuclear Weapons Abolition

By |July 11, 1998|Categories: International Law, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Legal Case for Nuclear Weapons Abolition

The legal case for abolishing nuclear weapons is only one of many that can and should be made. Nuclear weapons place the future of humanity, indeed of all life, in jeopardy. They are not even weapons in any traditional sense. They kill indiscriminately. They cause unnecessary suffering that affects present and future generations. They have no legitimate use in warfare. They are instruments of genocide that no sane person or society would [...]

1107, 1998

No Time to Think

By |July 11, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on No Time to Think

Reprinted with permission from Himal Magazine, Kathmandu, Nepal, July Anti-Nuke Issue For decades, military planners in the United States, former Soviet Union, and the other nuclear weapons states have convinced themselves that their nuclear weapons are a deterrent. The nuclear annihilation that would follow if these weapons were used was supposed to make any enemy stop, think, and decide that war was not worth the consequences. To make sure that an enemy had [...]

1107, 1998

My A-bomb Experience and the Spirit of Hiroshima

By |July 11, 1998|Categories: Human Rights, Nuclear Abolition|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on My A-bomb Experience and the Spirit of Hiroshima

In the past, Japan inflicted indescribable suffering and deep sorrow on China and other countries of Asia. Fundamentally, responsibility for war damage inflicted by Japan clearly lies with the Japanese government. I believe that we as individual human beings, however, should not neglect to reflect on this matter. Though I was only a youth, I believe it is essential for me, as a Japanese who was alive at the time, to fully [...]

807, 1998

British Medical Association Calls for Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

By |July 8, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on British Medical Association Calls for Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On July 8, 1998 in Cardiff the British Medical Association passed a resolution stating: "That this meeting considers it a duty to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons which are a worldwide threat to public health 1) by condemning the development, teting, production, deployment, threat, and use of nuclear weapons; 2) by requesting that governments refrain from all these activities and work in good faith for their elimination; 3) by calling [...]

107, 1998

Joint Statement Against Nuclear Tests and Weapons By Retired Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi Armed Forces Personnel

By |July 1, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Joint Statement Against Nuclear Tests and Weapons By Retired Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi Armed Forces Personnel

The following Joint Statement Against Nuclear Tests and Weapons signed by sixty-three Retired Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi Armed Forces Personnel is hereby submitted to: The Secretary General of the United Nations To the Prime Minister of Pakistan To the Prime Minister of India To the President of the United States of America To the President of France To the Prime Minister of U.K. To the President of China To the President of [...]

1906, 1998

Resolution on Nuclear Testing by India and Pakistan

By |June 19, 1998|Categories: International Issues, Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Resolution on Nuclear Testing by India and Pakistan

The European Parliament, -having regard to its previous resolutions on nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear testing and the work of the Canberra Commission for a nuclear weapon-free world, -having regard to the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), -having regard to the terms of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), -having regard to the statements made by the Council of the European Union, the G7, the UN Security Council and the meeting of [...]

1506, 1998

Nuclear Fears, Nuclear History

By |June 15, 1998|Categories: Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nuclear Fears, Nuclear History

Published in Communalism Combat, Bombay Atul Behari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif have two things in common. Both of them have ordered five nuclear tests, and both of them justified their orders by claiming that their nuclear weapons are defensive. This argument was invented by the Americans to justify their nuclear weapons, after the Soviet Union started to build its own nuclear weapons. It was such a convenient argument that all the nuclear states [...]

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