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WMD Negotiations Must Be Based on Truth

An Interview With Dr. Hans Blix

If you thought that the end of the Cold War meant the end of the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (WMDs), well, actually, it’s not that easy.  This was among the points underscored by Dr. Hans Blix, former chief U.N. weapons inspector and present chair of the independent Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), during the Italian leg of his E.U. tour.

Blix has been heading the WMDC since its formation in 2003, and the purpose of his tour has been, in part, to promote the WMDC’s new Weapons of Terror report, which all 14 members of the commission have endorsed.  He came to Italy to present Pope Benedict and the Italian authorities with copies of the document.  Speaking on Vatican Radio, Blix called the Vatican an ally in disarmament efforts, after having pointed out in a previous press briefing how inspired he was by the Pope’s speech “In Truth, Peace,” delivered on the World Day of Peace last January.

The report, representing two years’ work by the commission, analyzes global threats and offers 60 recommendations to revitalize global cooperation on disarmament.  For example, all governments are urged to accept the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty drafted ten years ago, requiring states that currently have nuclear weapons to reduce their arsenals and stop producing plutonium and highly enriched uranium for more nuclear weapons. ...

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