Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Emergency

I received this information from Jody Dodd, our Leadership / Outreach Coordinator in the US WILPF national office in Philly.
There is an emergency at the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The following quote from Rhianna Tyson, WILPF's Reaching Critical Will associate sums it up:
This morning some diplomats were practically in tears saying, 'this means the end of the NPT regime, we cannot say with a straight face that the NPT will be here in five years for the next review conference.' They were predicting - I heard some diplomats saying over lunch 'By the next review conference there could be ten more nuclear weapons states'. There could be some sort of nuclear terrorism attack, who really knows. And if something happens, if another state acquires nuclear weapons, if terrorists acquire some sort of nuclear device, then that's going to be the last bit of evidence that anybody needs to say 'look, the NPT failed and it did not work and it did not save these people from nuclear annihilation. If we thought the NPT was in a crisis before this Review Conference started, it's in a much greater crisis now.
Check out Banning the Bomb for more information and for video reports from the nuclear NPT Review Conference.

Also read News in Review, the only daily NGO newsletter from the NPT Review Conference from International WILPF.


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