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Security Conference 2009 Munich: What Has Not Yet Been Said. PEJNews PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 February 2009 01:59
Security Conference 2009 Munich: What Has Not Yet Been Said

PEJ News - Joan Russow
-  global compliance Research Project - While calling for various actions related to disarmament, and Security, the Security Summit has failed to advance measures that would translate their rhetoric into action
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DISARMAMENT REQUIRES THE REALLOCATION OF THE GLOBAL MILITARY BUDGET AND A STRENGTHENED ROLE FOR THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

It is reported that German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the 45th Munich Security Conference with an impassioned call for a new era in global disarmament policy. Yet, he appears to have not, at a time when there is an economic crisis, called for a reallocation of the Global Military budget, which is estimated to be over 1.5 trillion dollars, or called for the dismantling of the over 730 US military bases on sovereign territory.

It was also indicated that one of the key security issues, to be discussed at the Summit, is the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Steinmeier is reported to have declared that disarmament of existing nuclear arsenals was the prerequisite of nuclear non-proliferation, and that he envisioned a world without nuclear weapons. He then proceeded to single out Iran, without mentioning, for example, the destabilizing impact, in the Middle East, of the possession by Israel of nuclear weapons. He also failed to seriously call for the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out inspections of all nuclear armed states, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Nor did he address the issue of the fact that the UN Security Council is controlled through the veto of the five permanent nuclear states, and that the Council, itself, violates the principle of sovereign equality, which is enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. He also failed to advocate that for numerous reasons, if an unbiased decision about nuclear disarmament is to be made, the decision could be done only if the UN Security Council powers were transferred to UN General Assembly, which does reflect the sovereignty equality of states. It could be estimated that a legally binding vote on full disarmament and the dismantling of the global nuclear arsenal would probably succeed in achieving over 80% support in a vote in the UN General Assembly. For years, the UN General Assembly has passed resolutions calling for the reallocation of the military budget, and the application of the peace dividend, and for years, the UNGA has called for nuclear disarmament. Now the UNGA, along with the International Court of Justice must be recognized as the means by which the the primary UN objective, the prevention of the scourge of war, can be realized.

INEXTRICABLE LINK BETWEEN CIVIL NUCLEAR ENERGY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR ARMS

Steinmeier also erred in affirming the right of all states to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) does include that provision. The provision, however, was a concession that failed to acknowledge the inextricable link between civil nuclear energy and the development of nuclear arms. He also failed to condemn the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in promoting nuclear energy internationally, and to recognize that the IAEA
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