Manchester citizens met to hear expert evidence from the Secretary of the World Court Project, the organ-isation which succeeded in having the question on the legality of the use and threatened use of nuclear weapons brought to the International Court of Justice last year. The Roundtable participants discussed if and how nuclear weapons were to be abolished, and have sent a statement to the Government asking how it justifies keeping an illegal nuclear weapons system, and demanding that Britain should commence nuclear disarmament talks, announce "No First Use" of nuclear weapons and take Trident off 24 hour patrol.
In calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons the participants were joining a global call from retired Generals and Admirals, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, the Non-Aligned movement and over 700 NGOs under the umbrella of Abolition 2000. The tide is turning against nuclear weapons and in a recent Gallup poll, 87% of the UK population want a global ban on nuclear weapons. If you want a nuclear weapon free world you should sign the 'Citizens Pledge for the abolition of nuclear weapons', available from Greater Manchester and District CND. If you are interested in further discussions and 'Roundtables' that are being held in Manchester then please get in touch with us.
The statement from the Roundtable ends, "We are convinced that the resources, both human and economic, which are currently deployed in the research, manufacture, and maintenance of nuclear weapons systems could be better devoted to meeting the real security needs of people in Britain and around the world - better health care; education; conflict prevention; and a cleaner environment for our children to inherit."
Greater Manchester and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (0161 834 8301)