Speaking Notes by Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret’d)
Ban Treaty, Side Event New York, Thursday 22 June 2017
As a former operator of British nuclear weapons, next year will mark a significant anniversary for me: it will be fifty years since my indoctrination into the dogma of nuclear deterrence.
In 1968 I was a 24-year-old Lieutenant bombardier-navigator in Buccaneer strike jets deployed aboard a Royal Navy aircraft-carrier, when my pilot and I were told we had been chosen as a nuclear crew. The process of being given a top secret security (...)
Proliferation and nuclear disarmament|
France should hear the speech of common sense of Austria
First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Vienna, May 2-12, 2017 General Debate
Statement by Austria
delivered by Ambassador Franz Josef Kuglitsch Head of Disarmament Department May 5, 2017
Austria aligns itself with the statement delivered earlier on behalf of the European Union. Let me add some remarks from the national perspective.
For Austria, non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament have (...)
Pope Francis calls for a world without nuclear weapons and supports their abolition
This year the Easter bells came from afar and early, in defiance of custom, reaching New York before the end of March. On 27-28 March, they dropped on the UN building, near the famous revolver with a twisted barrel, three beautiful gifts.
First of all was the opening of the Conference for banning nuclear weapons and preparing their elimination. Then a message from the Pope calling for God’s blessing on all the participants and the peoples they represent. A pity that France was absent. (...)