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Canadian prime minister responds to call for ban on nuclear weapons

In response to the letter sent by the 2005 World Conference against A & H Bombs calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has expressed determination that his country "will continue to call on all NPT States Parties to support and implement the commitments agreed upon at the 1995 and 2000 Review Conferences."

In his letter sent to Hiroshi Taka, co-chair of the Steering Committee of the 2005 World Conference against A & H Bombs, Martin said, "Despite the missed opportunity of the Review Conference, the NPT remains a legal instrument binding 188 States Parties, the overwhelming majority of which are in compliance with its commitments and obligations." He ended his letter by stating, "The integrity and viability of the NPT depend on continuing strong momentum in nuclear weapons reductions."

The letter adopted at the World Conference against A & H Bombs in August 2005 commemorating the 60th year since the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki urges the United Nations and its member states to "take positive action to achieve a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world, including the convening of a conference focusing on how to establish a treaty to totally ban and eliminate nuclear weapons."
- Akahata, December 8, 2005

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