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Freivalds Criticises Nuclear Powers

Published onsdag 22 september 2004 kl 11.50

The Swedish Foreign minister Leila Freivalds has hit out at the world’s nuclear powers for failing to heed international disarmament and non-proliferation agreements.

Freivalds, in New York for the opening of the general assembly, was 1 of seven foreign ministers to put their names to a commentary published in the international herald tribune.
The hard-hitting piece, criticises Britain, the United States, Russia, China and France for failing to act on their promises to destroy their nuclear warheads.

Writing, ”instead of working toward the entry into force of the nuclear test ban treaty, the United States has withdrawn its support, while china delays its ratification process year after year.”

The seven officials from Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand , South Africa and Sweden urged all nations party to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty to comply with their commitments and called for the treaty to be made universal.

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