European Statement Issued for Washington Nuclear Summit
Jointly with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, 40 former senior European politicians have directed an appeal to the participants of the nuclear summit held in Washington to show increased responsibility in matters of international nuclear security.
In the statement, which was released by the British Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), request is made – among other issues – for a review and strengthening of the goals of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) with a view to the United Nations’ NPT Review Conference to be held in May. Also, a call is made for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to be ratified by the USA, Egypt, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan so that it may enter into force as soon as possible. Furthermore, the 40 former politicians advocate for the swift establishment of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, highlighting the urgent need for progress to be achieved in the negotiations on the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT), which is intended to put an end to the production of fissionable material for nuclear arms.
In reference to the Washington nuclear summit negotiations, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger said that:
“Europe can, and must, play a vital role in nuclear security issues. We need to establish the necessary cooperation in order to meet the global nuclear challenge. Out future will depend on this.”