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Event ID:  237
Contact Name:  Dave Webb
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Organization:  CND
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Dates:  13th October 2007 to 13th October 2007
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Country:  United Kingdom
City:  London
Event Name:  Keeping Space for Peace in Europe
Event Description:  Workshop exploring links between nuclear weapons and space militarization at the annual CND National membership conference. Also a resolution committing CND to support the European wide resistance to space militarization and weaponization.
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Report on the Results:  The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament national membership conference was held on October 13. Participants considered ways to keep space for peace in a well-attended workshop (about 30 people) that examined the current situation on Missile Defence in Europe. The workshop explored the links between nuclear weapons and space militarization and featured Milan Krajca an inspiring young speaker from the Czech Peace Movement. He reported on the strong resistance in the Czech Republic to the proposed US missile defence radar. The Czech parliamnet seems to be (just) in favour of the radar but they didn't want the missiles (which might go to Poland). Other speakers were Dave Webb, Chair of Yorkshire CND and Alice Mahon former Labour MP for halifax. Dave Webb asked who the threat is supposed to be. The US says Iran but it looks more like the missile defence plans peoposed for Europe are aimed at Russia or China. Missile Defence is just a small part of the US plan for weapons in space and a global strike capability coordianted from Strategic Command (STRATCOM) in Nebraska. Alice Mahoon said the installations in Europe would be like a declaration of war. She has worked with NATO in the past and recognises a strong hatred of Russia there. She suggested that peace movements in the west make more contact with groups in Russia. In addition the entire conference passed a resolution committing CND to joining the wider European movement against missile defense installations in Europe and weaponization of space. The resolution concluded with the following points; Conference calls on CND to: 1. Continue and strengthen campaigns to oppose NMD and the weaponisation of space. 2. Develop links with the European-wide campaign against US Missile Defence and to support the Prague Declaration of May 2007 which calls for 'disarmament as a precondition to peace and genuine human security. To face the impending ecological crisis we need international cooperation and trust, not confrontation.' 3. Continue to support the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, encouraging participation in the annual International Keep Space for Peace Week. 4. Increase campaigning pressure on the British Government to withdraw support from US National Missile Defence, the use of bases at Menwith Hill and Fylingdales, and to work with European counterparts to prevent the expansion of NMD and the weaponisation of space.
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