Vatican City, Apr 27, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Although the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) “has contributed to international peace and security, there is still much to accomplish,” said Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations.
He spoke yesterday in New York at the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT. The meeting which began on April 26, concludes May 7.
He recalled the ideal of the NPT, which “promised a world in which nuclear weapons would be eliminated and nuclear technological cooperation for development would be widespread.”
He said that a weakening commitment to the application of the principles of the treaty is a cause for concern which threatens to undermine it. This is a serious danger in “the current geo-political environment” said the archbishop. “The threat posed by global terrorist networks acquiring weapons of mass destruction, requires us to reinforce these commitments. At the same time, it is becoming obvious that nuclear business as usual cannot continue.”