The European Parliament of a Green/ALE initiated resolution on â€™nuclear security and nonproliferationâ€™ which was overwhelmingly passed today (27 Oct 2016) by 415 votes in favour, with 124 against and 74 abstentions.
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Brussels/Strasbourg. European Unionâ€™s legislature takes clear stance on upcoming negotiations on international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons: the EUâ€™s Member States should â€œsupport the conveningâ€ and â€œparticipate substantivelyâ€ in its negotiation.Â
Today the European Parliament took a clear stance to support the negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. In this resolution, the EUâ€™s Parliament:
- â€œWelcomes the recommendation to the UN General Assembly â€¦Â to convene a conference in 2017 â€¦ to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weaponsâ€
- â€œInvites the EU Member States to support the convening of such a conference in 2017 and to participate constructively in its proceedingsâ€
- â€œInvites VP/HR Federica Mogherini and the European External Action Service to contribute constructively to the proceedings of the 2017 negotiating conferenceâ€
This resolution is adopted on the same day as United Nations General Assembly votes on starting negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. Unlike EU parliamentarians, however, the majority of the EUâ€™s governments appear to defend the possession and legitimacy of nuclear weapons instead of strengthening humanitarian law and banning the last weapons of mass destruction.
The European Parliamentâ€™s resolutions are not binding on Member States in regards to foreign policy matters, but act as recommendation and send a message to the governments across Europe that parties from the entire political spectrum are supportive of this process.
â€œThe resolution is a particularly encouraging development, as even the EUâ€™s centre-right and conservative parties voted for strong language in favour of the start of negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons under international law in 2017â€, says Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm, ICAN campaigner in Brussels.
While their governments at home, together with the worldâ€™s nuclear armed states, are almost the only countries globally to oppose a Ban Treaty, the peopleâ€™s representatives in the European Parliament took a view that much closer mirrors what surveys have been showing for a long time: we reject nuclear weapons, and will not want to entrust our â€œsecurityâ€ to a deterrence gamble that has failed far too often to guarantee 100% reliability.
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