Vatican call to uphold nuclear non-proliferation

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations, has called on signatories to uphold the integrity of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Ekklesia reports that the Holy See is one of 188 States Parties to the Treaty, and Archbishop Migliore believes that it will work only if "completely observed both in detail and in its entirety".

Over the years, he said, "the Treaty has become a cornerstone in the global security framework since it has, to some extent, helped slow the arms race."

"Since the Treaty," stated Archbishop Migliore, "is the only multilateral legal instrument currently available, intended to bring about a nuclear weapons free world, it must not be allowed to be weakened. Humanity deserves no less than the full cooperation of all States on this grave matter."

"The time has gone," said the nuncio, "for finding ways to a 'balance in terror': the time has come to re-examine the whole strategy of nuclear deterrence. ... The Holy See has never countenanced nuclear deterrence as a permanent measure, nor does it today when it is evident that nuclear deterrence drives the development of ever newer nuclear arms, thus preventing genuine nuclear disarmament."

He said in conclusion that "we must always remember that the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated."

Catholic call to uphold nuclear non-proliferation (Ekklesia 9/5/05)

10 May 2005