Churches tell NATO of the need for a nuclear weapons-free world

Churches tell NATO of the need for a nuclear weapons-free world

By agency reporter
1 Apr 2009

A world without nuclear weapons is not only possible but also more secure, leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have been told by a broad coalition of national, regional and global councils of churches.

In a 30 March 2009 letter, the councils of four churches urged the NATO leadership to "reinforce the vision of a world without nuclear weapons", consigning to history the notion that nuclear weapons preserve peace and recognizing instead that they make security more precarious

The churches' letter suggests that an immediate step towards that goal would be the updating of the alliance's strategic concept and security doctrine. The alliance should also show willingness to remove hundreds of US tactical nuclear weapons still placed in European countries.

The letter, signed by the general secretaries of the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches, the National Council of Churches of Christ USA and the Canadian Council of Churches, comes ahead of the NATO summit of heads of State and Government to be held on 3-4 April in Baden-Baden and Kehl, Germany and in Strasbourg, France.

"We believe security must be sought through constructive engagement with neighbours and that authentic security is found in affirming and enhancing human interdependence within God’s one creation," the letter states.

The full text of the councils of churches' letter to the NATO member states and Secretary General is here: http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=6723

NATO's 60th anniversary summit: http://www.nato.int/docu/comm/2009/0904-summit/index.html

Keywords: nato | nuclear weapons | peace
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