SYRIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS DESTRUCTION UPDATE 9

Green Cross applauds Obama calls for deeper nuclear weapons cuts

GCI applauds today’s new call by President Barack Obama for a new 21st century global regime for security and sustainability to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, promote equality for all peoples, address climate change with more sustainable and safe energy, and establish a “world of peace with justice.”

Addressing thousands on the eastern side of the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Obama noted former US President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1963 speech in Berlin, stating that “JFK’s words are timeless” and that his call fifty years ago for a Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT) echoes the current need to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Dr. Paul Walker, director of the Green Cross Environmental Security and Sustainability Program, called the Obama speech “an important and timely initiative towards addressing both security and environmental challenges of our time, including nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament and climate change.  Green Cross welcomes President Obama’s moving call ‘to do more before it’s too late’ and very much reflects President Gorbachev’s many Green Cross initiatives for ‘value change’ in how the human race manages the environment.”

Dr. Walker, called the speech “Prague 2.0, a timely follow-up to President Obama’s 2009 historic call in Prague for a nuclear free world.  His call for deeper cuts in strategic nuclear weapons beyond the 2010 New START agreement limits, for bold reductions in tactical nuclear warheads and reserve nuclear forces, for ratification of the CTBT, and for a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) are all important and essential moves to help build a better global security regime for this century, not the last.”

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