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The 60th General Assembly heard much talk of old and new dangers facing the world — especially the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the possibility of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction — but States remained divided on what to do on key issues. Of the 55 resolutions that emerged from Assembly’s First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), 29 had to be voted upon. See this page for votes of members of the Conference on Disarmament. As in past years, nuclear issues proved the most controversial, accounting for nearly a third of the voted resolutions. Also in keeping with tradition, not a single resolution dealt with the arms industry which profits from global instability and conflict.

From: Disarmament Times, 2005/4 pages 1-5

View the voting record for all members of the Conference on Disarmament

Reaching Critical Will explanation of the resolutions and voting

Lest we Forget -1996-2006

Friday, January 27th 2006 marks the 10th anniversary of the end of 30 years French nuclear testing in the Pacific.

From: Peace and Disarmanent Desk, Pacific Concerns Resouce Centre (More)
Thursday 23rd November

An international conference in the European Parliament on a comprehensive approach towards nuclear disarmament. Key-organisers are Abolition 2000 Europe, PNND (Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament), Olof Palme International Center and most probably it will become an official EU conference as we have gathered support from key MEP's from the six largest political parties in the EP. The conference wants to look to the growing role of the EU on non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament and look to lessons learned from past disarmament treaties. The conference will address the preservation of the coherence of the NPT: non-proliferation and disarmament. We will end the conference with a strong focus on compliance with NPT Article VI and discuss the way ahead for the EU to pursue nuclear disarmament at the 2007 NPT PrepCom. This will be an ideal moment for you to get in touch with MEP's.

While France has accepted so far the principle of no-first strike, the principle of nuclear deterrence, Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, has just anounced –wihout any consultation of the Parliament and under no urgency- that France could retaliate with targeted nuclear strikes if attacked or even as prevention.

From: Mouvement de la Paix

France 'would use nuclear arms'

Posted by Abolition, 19th Jan 2006 | Category: Nuclear Weapon News
French President Jacques Chirac has said France would be ready to use nuclear weapons
against any state which launched a terrorist attack against it.
From: BBC

Today in Helensburgh District Court, Scotland, Morag Balfour, the peace and disarmament spokesperson for the Scottish Socialist party, was fined and given a compensation order for painting peace slogans at the main gate of  the Royal Navy Armament Depot at Coulport on Loch Long.

From: Trident Ploughshares
Nuclear Disarmament: an Obligation under International Law that Must Be Abiden by Now and Everywhere, ... as much at Crozon … as at Tehran!!

At Crozon, in Brest harbour, on the site of Ile Longue, is located the nuclear submarines
base of the FOST (Strategic Oceanic Force) that represents 85% of the French nuclear
weapons, about 6,000 times Hiroshima.

News of Chirac's visit to Ile Longue

Thursday 12 January 2006 at 2 pm a delegation consisting of Belgian members of parliament, mayors and NGO members of Abolition 2000 will visit Belgian Prime minister Guy Verhofstadt to demand the withdrawal of U.S. nuclear weapons from Europe.  Prime Minister Verhofstadt will meet President George W. Bush in Washington next week January 17th.  During their visit the delegation will offer Belgian chocolates intended for President Bush and the Belgian governments team. The large box of Belgian chocolates will also read: “Say it with chocolates to President Bush: “Nukes out of Europe”, with love from Belgium”.

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has excluded seven companies from the Government Pension Fund - Global (previously the Petroleum Fund) because they are involved in production of nuclear weapons. The exclusion is based on a recommendation from the Ethics Council for the fund. Following another recommendation from the Ethics Council, the Ministry has decided not to exclude the company Total from the fund. Total was considered based on its operations in Burma.

(From: Norwegian Ministry of Finance)

Members of the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence with their contact details. (More)
This resolution was passed by the European Parliament on 24th February 2004, before the NPT PrepCom (New York, 26 April - 7 May 2004) (More)
Signed at Washington, London, and Moscow July 1, 1968 (More)
This Declaration was agreed by the EU Heads of State, during the Thessaloniki European Council, 19-20 June 2003  (More)
This resolution was passed by the European Parliament in 1995, before the NPT Review Conference.

EP Resolution on the Conference on the Extension of the Nuclear Non­Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in New York from 17 April to 12 May 1995