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Published on May 16th, 2012 | by Selma van Oostwaard

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Churches urge NATO not to further delay withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Europe

The World Council of Churches (WCC) appeals to NATO not to further delay the withdrawal of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons from Europe. The statement follows three previous calls by four ecumenical Councils with together some 200 member churches in Europe and North America urging NATO to end ‘nuclear sharing’ with five non-nuclear NATO allies in Europe where U.S. nuclear weapons are still stored, more than two decades after the Cold War.

On its summit on 20-21 May in Chicago, NATO must make decisions about their future. NATO is likely to postpone decisions again and making urgently needed steps dependent on Russian reciprocity. In the new statement, the churches call this “a recipe for deadlock.”

For more details about the four Councils arguments, read their joint 11 March 2011 letter:


About the Author

Selma supports all the disarmament work at PAX with a special emphasis on the No Nukes team. In 2014 she and other PAX disarmament campaigners launched a public campaign in the Netherlands to initiate the creation of national legislation to outlaw nuclear weapons: www.tekentegenkernwapens.nl. One of the result of this national campaign is that a vast majority of the House wants the Netherlands to start working internationally for a nuclear weapons ban.



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