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Wellington Declaration – 2010

09/11/2010

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

Dear Editor,

What effect will the Wellington Declaration (Hillary Clinton’s visit last week) have on New Zealand’s nuclear free policy?  The USA retains thousands of nuclear weapons which form the heart of its military strategy.  This despite the end of the cold war and the 1996 World Court decision that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is illegal.

To be now involved, and perhaps become more so after the Wellington Declararion?,  with the military adventures of the USA in Afghanistan, Iraq, The Phillipines (and where next, Iran?), makes us complicit with their military strategies (based on nuclear weapons) and thus compromises our nuclear free status.   How long can NZ claim the moral high ground on nuclear weapons as we continue to live with the contradiction of this complicity?

Sincerely, Richard Keller

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