Eliminating Nuclear Weapons Threats: A Call for New Focus and Energy from Political Leaders
September 13, 2012
The Asia Pacific Leadership NetworkOp-eds/Statements
Twenty-five political, diplomatic, military and scientific leaders from 14 Asia Pacific countries signed on to a new Asia Pacific Leadership Network statement expressing concern about the loss of momentum in efforts to achieve a nuclear weapons free world. The statement also highlighted the compelling need to focus energy and political will on both non-proliferation and disarmament by regional and world political leaders.
According to an excerpt from the statement, "There is an urgent need, in these circumstances, for political leaders – not only of the nuclear-armed states, but of the middle powers and others who have played a creative and constructive role in arms control issues in the past – to take new initiatives to bring the movement for a nuclear weapons free world back to global centre-stage.”