BITS FROM ABROAD

September 2013

Both the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and The Parliamentary Assembly for the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe have supported the UN Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations.  This is a new UN process designed to break the 17-year deadlock on nuclear disarmament negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament.  It was supported byFrance, Russia, the UK and the US.

After the release of declassified French documents showing that one test alone hit Tahiti with a plutonium concentration 500 times the safety limit, test veterans in French Polynesia are demanding true information about the effects of the tests of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Chinese government is in talks with the French firm, EDF, about building a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.  It wants greater operational control of any new plants it finances.


On the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the World Council of Churches issued a statement calling for an end to nuclear aggression.

The Japanese Prime Minister has proposed removing the country’s commitment to pacifism form its constitution.

The Indian government has been forced to postpone its public hearing into a nuclear power plant in Madhya Pradesh after numerous protests from local people.