“We Stand on the Precipice of History”: The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Talks. “Nukes are Illegitimate, Immoral and Illegal”

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Comprehensively banning the bomb

Global Research, March 31, 2017
Reaching Critical Will 29 March 2017

Over the past two days, about 120 governments have participated in nuclear weapon ban treaty talks. The high-level segment of the conference, scheduled to end on Monday, had to continue until Tuesday lunch due to overwhelming interest. States have clearly come prepared to the conference, indicating their determination to negotiate this treaty despite the opposition of the nuclear-armed states. As Ambassador Pennelope Beckles of  Trinidad and Tobago said,

“   as we seek to shatter the chronic stalemate that has existed in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation for far too long.”

On Tuesday afternoon, delegates shifted from general statements to interventions specifically on the principles and objectives of the treaty that they would like to see included in the preamble. Most delegations emphasised the importance of anchoring the preamble in…

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