Actions forat bases all over
Overview on www.bombspotting.org
During the Easter weekend peace organisations all over Europe are staging actions at nuclear weapon bases and command centres, as part of a European Day of Action against nuclear weapons. One month prior to the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference, peace movements in all the European countries with nuclear weapons on their territory (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey and the UK) are sending one message: it is time for nuclear disarmament. The continuing deployment of nuclear weapons does not provide more security, but rather encourages the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Actions will take place in:
One year ago President Obama put nuclear disarmament on the international political agenda during his speech in Prague. And the new START agreement between the US and Russia to cut the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons is a step in the right direction. But twenty years after the end of the Cold War, British, French and US nuclear weapons remain in Europe while the US and Russia will retain stockpiles of more than 20,000 nuclear weapons. Forty years ago, under the terms of the NPT the promised to disarm. But now, while the US and Russia are reducing thier arsenals of strategic nuclear weapons they are simultaneously undertaking extensive programmes of modernization of their nuclear arsenals as are Britain and France. coupled with the modernization of nuclear arsenals is not disarmament. The nuclear powers can’t have it both ways. As long as the nuclear powers fail to fulfill their obligation to pursue disarmament in good faith, they jeopardize the NPT.
Several decisive events related to nuclear weapons are scheduled in 2010. The NPT Review Conference takes place in May, and NATO is reviewing its Strategic Concept by November. These political occasions are opportunities to make nuclear disarmament a reality. With their actions, European peace movements are urging NATO member states to seize the moment. We are calling on the governments meeting at the NPT Review Conference to commit to negotiations leading to the abolition of nuclear weapons and on NATO to renounce the policy of reliance on nuclear weapons for security. Failure to do so will create a world where more and more countries develop nuclear weapons. The danger these weapons will actually be used becomes once again dangerously high.
For an overview of nuclear weapons in Europe: http://www.vredesactie.be/page.php?id=53