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Jakarta Post

Banning nuclear weapons for humanity's sake

  • Ramesh Thakur
    Ramesh Thakur

    Co-convener of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Canberra   /   Wed, March 29, 2017   /  09:11 am
Banning nuclear weapons for humanity's sake A playground is seen in the deserted town of Pripyat, some 3 kilometers from the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

On March 27, more than 100 countries gathered at the United Nations in New York to commence negotiations on a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.” They will hope to conclude talks and sign a treaty after a second session on June 15 to July 7. The conferences are based on Resolution L.41 adopted on Oct. 27, 2016 by the First Committee of the UN General Assembly by a landslide 123-38 vote, followed by a vote in the full General Assembly on Dec. 23 passed by an equally solid 113-35 majority. The resulting treaty will partly fulfil the 127-nation humanitarian pledge “to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.” The US and allies that shelter under its nuclear umbrella — Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, etc. — voted against and most have chosen to boycott the talks, putting...

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