Stop to Nuclear Weapons: Statement by Luisa Morgantini, Vice-President of the European Parliament For Immediate Release
Strasbourg, 12th July 2007
Contact: Luisa Morgantini, 0039 348 39 21 465 or 0039.06.69950217;
Brussels office: 0032.22845151
STOP TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS:
THE WORLD SHOULD LISTEN TO PUGWASH’S WORDS ABOUT DISARMEMENT AND PEACE
"The past already showed us the devastation provoked by nuclear weapons, the present is telling us that the dangers are still present every time arsenals get refilled, and the weapons race and the spatial shield are in agenda. On the other side, from the Conference of Pugwash, Canada, where scientists and politicians coming from all over the world met to discuss the nuclear disarmament, a different message comes out: the ban of the nuclear weapons is a responsibility towards mankind” affirmed Luisa Morgantini, Vice President of the European Parliament, remarking the fiftieth anniversary of the Conference of Pugwash, a Canadian city where in July (5th-8th) a group of international scientists met calling on the Governments of the world to completely banish the nuclear weapons.
“Each minute of each day more than twenty-six thousand nuclear weapons are ready to provoke destruction and death, if they were triggered. In Europe, in particular in NATO bases, according to the Natural Resources Defence Council there are even 480 nuclear nukes stocked by the American forces in the European Territory.
On 10th July, a news agency claimed that 130 nukes, the biggest quota in EU, stocked in the base of Ramstein, Germany, were secretly removed by the German Government and tranferred to the US in 2005, but at the moment at least other 20 nuclear weapons still remain in other bases in Germany, and also an uncertain number in Great Britain, Belgium, Turkey and in the Netherlands.
In Italy, according to an inquiry conducted by Rainews 24, around 50 atomic bombs are stocked in the base of Aviano and 40 more in base of Ghedi, near Brescia.
What are the European Governments doing, and in particular the Italian Government, to accomplish their main role, i.e. ensuring the security and guaranteeing the protection of human rights for their own citizens?
How is it possible that they do not recognize the risks that these nuclear weapons, usually placed close to villages and towns, represent for the civil population?
We have to learn from the example of the scientists of Pungwash, Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, that since 50 years have been committed to this cause. We must improve at each level our efforts in fighting against nuclear weapons, as also Mikhail Gorbachev, former Russian President and Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, reminded us in a message addressed to Pugwash.
The European Union and EU Governments should claim a political agreement within the framework of the NATO in order to achieve a complete removal of all nuclear weapons from European Territory. It should be also ensured full political support in both the Institutions and in civil and social movements, so that a Treaty could be reached. This Treaty should control trade and production of nuclear and no-nuclear arms, and completely ban uranium weapons and landmines, re-allocating the resources, till now used for death purposes, towards a real development and welfare of citizens, for the benefit of peace and security for all.
Unfortunately, it seems that the world goes towards destruction and the news alert: there's a will to create more “war shields” also in European skies"
For further information Luisa Morgantini 0039 348 39 21 465 or Office : Rome 0039.06.69950217 Brussels 0032.22845151