Meeting in Vienna from 30 April to 11 May 2007, the Preparatory Committee to the 2010 Review Conference of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) underscored from the very start the importance of the risk of nuclear proliferation. This risk was recently confirmed by North Korea and is presumably presented by Iran. The risk will only increase as long as the States-Parties for their part do not comply with Article VI, which requires them to negotiate nuclear disarmament.
In this context, we must emphasize that nuclear weapons states are highly accountable; especially France. Its next chief of state shall have to involve France quickly in negotiations toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. We deeply regret that neither Ségolène Royal nor Nicolas Sarkozy, the two candidates still running for the presidency, anticipate an early achievement of Article VI of the NPT.
We strongly disapprove that Nicolas Sarkozy adopted the new nuclear posture designed by president Chirac 19 January 2006, which Ségolène Royal does in fact reject. According to this strategy, the “vital interests” of France, which nuclear arms are supposed to theoretically defend, are so wide that just about anything can become an opportunity to use nuclear weapons, even (almost preferably) against the population of a state who does not have nuclear weapons.
Along with the majority of people and states, we consider that this policy is totally unacceptable. We appeal to the French people to seriously consider the danger of such a policy when they will designate the person, either a man or a woman, who as chief of state and as chief of the military forces will have sole access to the nuclear button.
Abolition des armes nucléaires / Stop-Essais
Action des Citoyens pour le Désarmement Nucléaire
This declaration received the support of:
Akira Kawasaki, Japan, Peace Boat
John Burroughs, USA, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy
Kelvin Gascoyne, UK, Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Alice Slater, USA, Abolition 2000
Susi Snyder, USA, Shunda Hai Network
Nickolas Roth, USA, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Yayoi Tsuchida, Japan, Japan Gensuikyo
Miyako Nakamura, Japan
Colin Archer, UK/Switzerland, International Peace Bureau
Mathias Reichl, Austria, Center for Non Violence
Peter Nichols, UK, Abolition 2000 UK
Felicity Hill, Australia, MAPW
Pol D’Huyvetter, Belgium, Friends of the Earth
Katsuya Higuma, Japan, Peace Depot
Merav Datan, Israel
Hans Koritke, Germany, ORL
Zia Mian, USA
Takao Takahara, Japan, Peace Depot
Jean-Yvon Landrac, France, Réseau "Sortir du Nucléaire"
Aaron Tovish, Austria, Mayors for Peace
Kalevi Suomela, Finland, Peace Union
Gunnar Westberg, Sweden, IPPNW
Wolfgang Schlupp, Germany, Pressehütte
Thomas Fester, Germany, INESAP
Lisa Clark, Italy, BCP
Philip White, Australia, CNIC Japan
Regina Hagen, Germany
Ron McCoy, Malaysia, IPPNW
George Farebrother, UK, World Court Project
Ernst Schwarer, Austria, IFOR
Alois Reisenbichler, Austria, Hiroshima Group