Don’t stop at the START, aim at the global nuclear disarmament

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World without Wars and without Violence, Czech Republic
Press release
Prague, April 8, 2010
Don’t stop at the START, aim at the global nuclear disarmament

“Don’t stop at the START” was the message of a short happening taking place while the new START treaty between USA and Russia was being signed at the Prague Castle. “We welcome the START treaty as a positive step which should be followed by an agreement on the international level, leading towards an effective total nuclear disarmament,” organizers said.

Members of the international organization World without Wars and Violence showed banners with equations expressing their opinion on the new treaty. “23 000 minus START = HOPE, 23 000 – 23 000 = DISARMAMENT.” The “23 000” referred to the current number of nuclear weapons in the world which will not be reduced by the treaty as it only deals with deployed strategic weapons. Both USA and Russia stockpile thousands of nuclear warheads. “Until USA and Russia give up on the policy of nuclear deterrence and renounce the possibility of real use of nuclear weapons, we cannot say that the nuclear threat in the world has been reduced,” said one of the organizers Jana Jedlicková.

“We welcome the START treaty as a symbolic first step on the way towards the total nuclear disarmament. To achieve it, a broad agreement on international level has to be made. That is why we promote the Nuclear Weapons Convention which could start an effective disarmament process and enhance the failing Non-proliferation treaty,” said Jedlicková. Over 120 UN member states are calling for the Convention which would declare nuclear weapons illegal and provide a frame for phased global nuclear disarmament.

“The recent call for withdrawal of US nukes from Europe, made by five NATO states, can be considered as another positive signal,” said another organizer Jan Bednár.

“As the nuclear disarmament is one of the main goals of our organization, we will continue this campaign to make the Czech Republic active in strive for adoption of international treaties leading to the nuclear disarmament.” Bednár added. A delegation of World without Wars and without Violence from dozens of countries including the Czech Republic will participate in the New York NPT Revision Conference in May.

High quality photos from the happening: http://picasaweb.google.com/117094972288505698662/HappeningNezastavmeSeNaSTARTu#

World without Wars and without Violence – Czech Republic
April 8, 2010
Statement on the new START treaty between the USA and Russia

The treaty on reduction of deployed nuclear weapons is surely a positive signal after the period of increased tensions between the United States and the Russian Federation. However, the real solution of the nuclear threat must be based on an international agreement to abolish and outlaw nuclear weapons.

Russia and USA stockpile thousands of nuclear warheads which, together with nuclear arsenals of France, China, United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea, make more than 20 thousands of nuclear warheads. The pressure of the military-industrial complex makes governments around the world spend more and more on armament. Unless the United States and the Russian Federation give up on the policy of nuclear deterrence, we cannot say that the nuclear threat in the world has been reduced. Moreover, the treaty is jeopardized by the intended US missile shield which could freeze the process of releasing tensions and spin a new round of the arms race.

In the situation when the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is failing, the State Parties do not fulfill their obligations and non-signatories develop their own nuclear arsenals, it is necessary to seek an agreement on the international level to put in motion the process of elimination of all nuclear weapons. That is why we will participate in the New York NPT Review Conference in May 2010 where we will promote the adoption of the Nuclear Weapons Convention that would provide a framework for complete nuclear disarmament and outlaw nuclear weapons. That is the only way to achieve the real international security.

We wish that, as the famous last year’s Obama’s speech had become a symbol of hope for the nuclear-free world, the new Russia-USA treaty becomes the first symbolic step that will help to put in motion a worldwide initiative for the global nuclear disarmament.