Move on towards a nuclear weapon-free world, churches tell NATO

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Viisi Yhdysvaltain presidenttiä Valkoisessa talossa vuonna 2009. Vasemmalta: George Bush, Barak Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton ja Jimmy Carter. Kuva: Joyce N. Boghosian (PD).

Conference of European Churches – Office of Communications

Press Release No.09-16/e
Geneva, 31 March 2009

Move on towards a nuclear weapon-free world, churches tell NATO

Issued jointly with the World Council of Churches

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

In a 30 March letter, four councils of 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 instead recognizing that they make security more precarious.

An immediate step towards that goal, the churches’ letter suggests, would be to update 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 neighbors and that authentic security is found in affirming and enhancing human interdependence within God’s one creation,” the letter states.

Full text of the councils of churches’ letter to the NATO member states and secretary general

http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=6723

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

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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

For more information:
Luca Negro
CEC Secretary for Communications and Information
Phone +41 22 791 64 85 or 791 63 25
Mobile: +41 078 870 8117
Fax +41 22 791 62 27
e-mail: Luca.Negro@cec-kek.org

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