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Published on March 25th, 2020 | by Remco Frank

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Overview motions on nuclear disarmament adopted by the Dutch parliament since 2010

Last update: 16 April 2020

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The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) has debated nuclear weapons many times. Below is an overview of motions adopted by the chamber since 2010 on nuclear disarmament.

Dictum:

”calls on the government to push for no deployment of  INF-missles in Europe in the NATO-council” (documentnumber: 33694-46)

Dictum:

”Calls on the government to, in the next 100 days, do everything within their power to save the INF-treaty and to inform the parliament about it” (Documentnumber: 33694-41)

  • 12 February 2019, motion Leijten (SP) (co-signed by Karabulut (SP) and Van Ojik (GroenLinks))

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”States that there is no place for INF-nuclear weapons in Europe.” (Documentnumber 28676-311)

Dictum:

”calls on the government to state within the NATO defense council that they wish to preserve the (original or adapted) INF-treaty.” (Document number 28676-314)

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”calls on the government to take concrete action in the NATO alliance in order to de-escalate the nuclear arms race and to inform the parliament about this within two months.” (document number: 28676-313)

Dictum:

”calls on the governement to conduct a legal analyses on the compatibility of existing national legislation with the TPNW and to inform the parliament about which elements of the national legislation  are compatible with the TPNW and where changes of national legislation would be necessary.” (Documentnumber 33 694, nr 31)

Dictum:

”calls on the government to proactively push for the preservation of the INF-treaty and to report back to the parliament on these efforts” (documentnumber 33 694, nr 30)

Dictum:

”calls on the government to do everything they can to enable an international dialogue with the nuclear armed states about a comprehensive, verifiable abolishment of nuclear weapons conform article VI of the NPT and to thereby fulfill the promisses made in the coaltion agreement.” (documentnumber 33 694, nr 24)

Dictum:

”calls on the government to develop a strategy to promote nuclear disarmament worldwide and to inform the parliament about it before the summer” (documentnumber: 33694 nr. 15)

  • 28 April 2016, motion Servaes (PvdA) (co-signed by Sjoerdsma (D66), van Bommel (SP), Van Tongeren (GroenLinks) and Voordewind (ChristenUnie))

Dictum:

”Use the Open Ended working group to “to taking effective measures, including the launch of negotiations on an international ban on nuclear weapons, to achieve a world that is free of nuclear weapons” and to “encourage other member states of the NATO alliance to get involved in these negotiations.”

“[A]llow the House to inspect the bilateral treaties between the United States and the Netherlands” related to the Netherlands nuclear weapons task in the framework of NATO.” (documentnumber: 34 419, no.9)

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“[S]eize the opportunity presented by this undesirable modernisation of the nuclear weapons in Europe to reinvigorate efforts to achieve worldwide nuclear disarmament” (documentnumber 34 419, no. 10)

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“Calls on the government to, in cooperation with the US, work towards a phased disposal of the Dutch nuclear task.” (documentnumber 34419 nr 12)

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”calls on the government to participate substantively, without anticipating on a judgement on the end result, in international negotiations on a treaty to abolish nuclear weapons.” (documentnumber: 33783, nr. 19.)

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”calls on the government to, within NATO and  bilateral contacts with the US, press for at least the same arrangement as Germany has in order to get more transparancy regarding nuclear weapons potentially stationed in the Netherlands.” (documentnumber 33 783 nr 18)

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”calls on the government to argue within NATO for the termination of the Dutch nuclear task.” (documentnumber 333783 nr 10)

Dictum:

”States that the successor of the F-16 is not allowed to have a nuclear task.” (documentnumber 33 736 nr 14 )

  • 19 December 2012, motion Omtzigt (CDA) (co-signed by Van Ojik (GroenLinks), Van Bommel (SP), Voordewind (ChristenUnie), Sjoerdsma (D66))

Dictum:

”Calls on the government to formulate the removal of European tactical nuclear weapons as a clear target.” (documentnumber 33 400 V, nr 65)

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”calls on the government to inform the US government that it is not longer cares for the protection of the European mainland by the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe and that it considers the withdrawel of these nuclear weapons to be desirable.” (documentnumber  32 123 V nr 86 )


About the Author

Remco Frank is a Project Officer Nuclear Disarmament at PAX. Previously he worked at the Communications and Public Affairs departments of PAX. Remco studied Political Science and Conflict studies and spent a semester abroad in Moscow.



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