Published on February 28th, 2013 | by Krista van Velzen


How to get rid of the bomb in 5 steps

Practical proposals for Members of Parliament to make the Netherlands a nuclear weapon free country

On December 20th 2012 the Dutch parliament adopted a motion by Omtzigt (No 33400-V, No 100), in which the government is asked to make the elimination of tactical nuclear weapons from Europe a hard policy target. IKV Pax Christi is very pleased that a majority voted in favour of this motion and hopes that the Government will energetically start working on making concrete steps to achieve nuclear disarmament. One of these days those bombs will have to be removed, so why not in this Cabinet period?

In this booklet we want to offer some suggestions for concrete steps on nuclear disarmament. We hope you will use these suggestions in a future debate on the implementation of the motion Omtzigt.

IKV Pax Christi tries to offer advice on realistic and practical steps leading to disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation, removal of U.S. nuclear weapons from Europe and the Netherlands being one of our priorities.

Krista van Velzen,
Campaigner nuclear disarmament

You can download our practical proposals for Members of Parliament to make the Netherlands a nuclear weapon free country here: How to get rid of the bomb in 5 steps

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About the Author

Krista van Velzen is a former Dutch MP and is currently working as nuclear disarmament campaigner with PAX in The Netherlands. She is running a citizens initiative in the Netherlands in order to get national legislation banning nuclear weapons. Van Velzen has been working on disarmament issues since the early nineties. As spokesperson on defence and foreign affairs she has convinced the Dutch government to ban and eliminate clustermunitions and and to prohibite investments as well. She has worked in Central and Eastern Europe creating a network of campaigners on the nuclear issue. She organised a Walk for Nuclear Disarmament from Brussels to Moscow. Her attempts to disarm a British Trident submarine gave her truly interesting experiences inside a Scottish jail. Disagreeing with president Obama, she believes a world without nuclear weapons is achievable in this lifetime.

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