Global Security: Non-Proliferation - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents

 Letter from Nigel Barnacle

  I wish to comment on the Global Security: Non-Proliferation inquiry. Please take my views into account.

  I would point out that the Non-Proliferation Treaty has been effective in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. However China, France, Russia, UK and US (the P5) are not honouring their commitments under Article 6 of the NPT. They continue to modernise their nuclear arsenals and should be called upon to stop this. The NPT is in danger of collapse if the P5 do not genuinely begin to disarm. The UK should abandon plans to renew Trident in order to influence other P5 members and in order to take a lead in honouring Article 6 commitments.

  The UK decision to site its missile defence interceptors in Poland is to be regretted and opposed and understandably has produced aggressive responses from Russia. The US is being overly warlike and aggressive by its actions and should not be supported by Britain.

  The UK should now refuse the US to use the bases of Fylingdales and Menwith Hill for its missile defence system. This currently is leading to a new arms race and is against the spirit of the NPT.

  There is also growing evidence of proliferation in chemical and biological weapons. Britain should have no part in this.

  Israel, India and Pakistan should be urged far more than at present to sign the NPT. Also the NPT was never intended for the P5 to keep nuclear weapons forever. Britain should take far greater steps to disarm its nuclear weapons.

  Failure by the P5 and the continuation by Israel, India and Pakistan to develop its nuclear weapons will only encourage other countries to develop nuclear weapons and understandably. This is to be regretted.

5 September 2008

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