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Wednesday, 03 October 2007 20:37
USS Abraham Lincoln
NEVER AGAIN: CIRCULATING AND BERTHING OF US NUCLEAR POWERED OR NUCLEAR ARMS CAPABLE VESSELS.

Nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessels; a disaster in waiting.

The intrusion into Canadian waters by U.S. nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessels is a provocative display of militarism, and contravenes obligations to prevent disasters, commitments to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, and a decision by the International Court of Justice.

PROVOCATIVE DISPLAY OF MILITARISM

The United States continues to adhere to its policy of neither confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear arms aboard its nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessels. When these vessels enter the Harbour of Greater Victoria or when they participate in war games and exercises such as Exercise Trident Fury, the Citizens of the Greater Victoria are living under the threat of a potential nuclear accident not only from the release of radiation from the nuclear powering of the vessel but also from the possibility of the vessel being nuclear armed.

This possibility of these vessels being nuclear armed defies a long- term commitment made in Stockholm in 1972 to eliminate the production of weapons of mass destruction:

....to reach prompt agreement in the relevant international organs on the elimination and complete destruction of such weapons (UNCHE, 1972, Principle 26) and more specifically an obligation under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Article VI: commits all parties to pursue negotiations in good faith on measures to end the nuclear arms race and to achieve disarmament.

REVISING CANADIAN POLICY

The Vancouver Island Peace Institute is going to be set up to continue the work of the Vancouver Island Peace Society. The VIP society launched a court case in 1991 calling for an environmental assessment review under the EARP guidelines of nuclear powered and nuclear capable vessels in the urban port of Greater Victoria. This case was launched
in 1991, with over 800 pages of affidavits from experts, and citizens.It was argued that in 1991 the Federal Conservative government had issued an Order in Council to bypass the government requirement to carry out an environmental assessment review.

The Liberal government was in power when the case was finally heard and the judge decided in favour of Cabinet Royal Prerogative.

In 1993, the NDP was in power provincially, there was a 50 to 1 vote in support of the court case, and 8 out of 10 of the municipalities- seven unanimously supported the case including all Greater Victoria Members of Parliament and many local peace and environmental organizations.

The judgment of the Federal Court was made over a year later. The Court held that the bypassing of the Environmental Assessment Review Process program was legitimate because of the principle of Royal Prerogative of cabinet.

Through Access to information, the full documentation of the court case has been obtained, and new legal means for preventing further circulating and berthing of nuclear vessels will be pursued.

The current Canadian Conservative government has increased the number of Exercises with these nuclear powered vessels, and nuclear arms capable vessels.

ELIMINATING A THREAT TO HUMANITARIAN LAW (ICJ DECISION)

At this time in History, where most of the elected representatives of the US are not adverse to a strategic strike on Iran
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