PEACE GROUPS WELCOME SENATE VOTE ON NUKE WEAPONS

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH AUSTRALIA CAMPAIGN FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DISARMAMENT (CICD)

PEACE GROUPS WELCOME SENATE VOTE ON NUKE WEAPONS

Australian peace groups today welcomed a resolution passed by the Senate yesterday afternoon on nuclear weapons. Another motion is being put up today.

The motion, put up by Democrats leader Senator Lyn Alison, urges the government to stand firm on nuclear disarmament commitments signed on to by governments worldwide in the year 2000, in the light of the failure of the recent (May 2-27) nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT) review conference, due to the United States refusal to recognise the decisions of the year 2000 review.

According to the groups:
"What is vital is that the commitments made in the Year 2000 to the total and unequivocal elimination of nuclear weapons stand. Without that the entire NPT regime will certainly unravel. What should have happened at the recent NPT review was a strengthening of both the disarmament and the nonproliferation aspects of the NPT, which are mutually interdependent."

"What instead took place was a failure caused by the refusal of the US to honour commitments made together with every government on the planet except India Pakistan and Israel, to eliminate a class of weapons that if they are not eliminated, will eliminate us."

"Lyn Allison's Senate resolution passed yesterday, together with the one on the notice paper for today, helps to focus the government on the fact that the elimination of nuclear weapons is an essential goal. It is one to which Australia is already committed together with the overwhelming
majority of other governments, and it is a goal that is essential for the future security of the whole world."

Contact:
John Hallam 02 9567 7533, 02 9810 2598
Pauline Mitchell CICD 03-9663-3677