Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

PH urges nuke states to join United Nations treaty

PH urges nuke states to join United Nations treaty

Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, has signed here today the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, during the opening ceremony of the integration to the multilateral instrument.

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's refusal to sign on to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is threatening Canada's chances at securing a seat once again on the Security Council", said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).

By now, there are an additional four "de facto" nuclear powers, namely India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea, which also boycotted the treaty.

The treaty was adopted on the 7 of July at the United Nations, with 122 votes for, one vote against, that of the Netherlands, a NATO member, and one abstention.

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz of Austria, one of the few Western European nations that is not in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, rejected the idea that nuclear weapons were indispensable for security.

The treaty, the first of its kind, was signed Wednesday by 50 countries, just enough for it to take effect.

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The fact that it was approved by 122 countries and signed by almost 50 yesterday demonstrates "significant maturity on the part of most of the countries of the world, who will be the first victims of a nuclear holocaust", the president said. "The threat or use of military force have no place in countering proliferation, and the threat or use of nuclear weapons in countering nuclear proliferation are deplorable".

But Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said countries signing the treaty will be taking a stand against nuclear weapons, "the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited despite their vast destructive power and threat to humanity". "But we need to do more to get the whole way there".

"This treaty is a clear indication that the majority of the world no longer accepts nuclear weapons and do not consider them legitimate weapons, creating the foundation of a new norm", the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons said in a statement. That is the kind of outcome sought by proponents of the nuclear ban pact. It even prohibits the use or even the threat to use this weapon.

"Those who still hold nuclear arsenals, we call upon them to join this date with history", Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said as he prepared to sign. Along with the Holy See, Thailand also ratified the treaty.

Gem Romuld and Papatya Danis spent three hours on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building near Parliament House in the national capital Canberra holding the banner: "Sign nuclear weapons ban treaty". Because It's a close USA ally and it's protected by the US nuclear umbrella.

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