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The German Social Democrats SPD (who are in the government coalition) have held a conference on 26th, which was called “Peace through Disarmament. International Law and Non-proliferation”. Speakers were Dr. ElBaradei from the IAEA, Kurt Beck (Head of the SPD Party), and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister.

After Steinmeier’s comments to the journal Spiegel recently, saying more or less directly that a Germany could give a good example to be serious about the nuclear disarmament duty in the NPT, by renouncing from the nuclear sharing with Tornado bombers, let me translate two central sentences of the speech of Kurt Beck at the conference:

“Next year Germany will have the G8 Presidency and in the second half of the year the EU-Presidency. We will press for the topic disarmament to be put on the agenda by Germany’s presidencies.”

Referring to the World Court opinion of 1996, he says: “We have no understanding for single states thinking aloud about using nuclear weapons tactically and supposedly `limited`”

The conference is documented at: http://www.spd.de/servlet/PB/menu/1053429/f1676216-e1678702.html (in German)
English translations of the speeches of: Kurt Beck and Frank-Walter Steinmeier