Vienna, Austria, Dec 6, 2016 / 12:26 pm
In order to realize the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons the discourse of the international community surrounding nuclear security must be based on an ethic of trust, responsibility, and cooperation – not fear and suspicion, Vatican official Msgr. Antoine Camilleri said Tuesday.
"The logic of fear and mistrust that is epitomized by nuclear deterrence must be replaced with a new global ethic," Msgr. Camilleri said Dec. 6. "We need an ethic of responsibility, solidarity, and cooperative security adequate to the task of controlling the power of nuclear technology."
The Under-Secretary for the Holy See's Relations with States, Msgr. Camilleri spoke at the International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions held in Vienna Dec. 5-9.
Put on by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the conference was comprised of two main parts: state officials delivering messages, commitments and actions, and policy discussions based on six broad themes central to nuclear security.