Global Security: Non-Proliferation - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents

 Letter from Adam Colclough on behalf of West Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmanent

  I request that the following letter be considered as evidence submitted to the Global Security: Non-Proliferation inquiry being undertaken by the Foreign Affairs Committee.

  The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has been in force since 1970, has proved itself to be an effective tool for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, however, the P5, including the UK have failed to honour their commitment under Article 6 of the treaty to disarm and have instead modernised their nuclear arsenals; in the case of the UK this has most recently involved the planned replacement of Trident.

  Unless the members of the P5 honour their commitments in this area there is a real risk the treaty will collapse with disastrous consequences for world peace.

  It is, therefore, a matter of urgency that the UK takes the lead in encouraging its fellow members of the P5 to disarm by scrapping the replacement of Trident and diverting the monies involved to peaceful purposes at home and abroad.

  In addition the UK government should refuse to grant permission to the United States for the use of the bases at Fylingdales and Menwith Hill as part of its missile defence system, a project which threatens to reignite the arms race and speak out against the plans by the US to base missile interceptors in Poland.

  The recent conflict between Russia and Georgia has made the advent of a new Cold War into a realistic and unsettling possibility; at such a time honouring the commitments made under the NPT is more important than ever.

2 September 2008

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