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Pax Christi call for commitment to nuclear arsenal elimination

The Catholic peace organisation Pax Christi Australia has urged support for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by writing to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer before he attends the NPT Conference in New York at the beginning of May.

A statement released by the NSW Division of the organisation says Pax Christi has written to Mr Downer "urging him to take concrete steps on behalf of Australia to support the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) at that conference and to press for further measures toward the goal of complete nuclear disarmament, and the abolition of nuclear weapons".

Pax Christi is part of an international Christian movement that views the continued presence of nuclear weapons as "a threat to all humanity".

"We want to stress how important we believe it is to support the already established work of people of good will especially in this instance, in the form of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT]," says the NSW Division statement. "The treaty aims to create an environment of peace in the world."

Pax Christi says the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) is the "best and only legal bulwark against the unlimited proliferation of nuclear weapons that the world has".

"Under article VI of the NPT, it also clearly obliges the nuclear weapons states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

"A clear commitment to eliminate the nuclear arsenals by those countries that already have nuclear weapons is absolutely crucial. A non-proliferation policy that relies only on measures to prevent more countries obtaining nuclear weapons, and does not make real progress toward the elimination of arsenals that still have the capability to destroy civilisation and most life, cannot succeed."

Real progress needed to eliminate nuclear arsenals worldwide (Pax Christi Australia NSW 24/2/05)

UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Pax Christi NSW
Pax Christi Victoria
Pax Christi International

2 Mar 2005