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Government must stand firm on non-proliferation – Ó Snodaigh

8 January, 2007


Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to make clear whether it is 'committed to the principle of non-proliferation and to building a nuclear weapon free world or it is not'. He was speaking following indications the Government might abandon it's defence of nuclear non-proliferation as the US administration attempts to hand over nuclear technologies to India.

The Dublin South-Central TD said: "The Government must make optimum use of our position on the Nuclear Suppliers' Group to ensure that no country that refuses to sign up to, and live up to, the United Nations' Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is facilitated access to nuclear technologies. The Group can veto efforts by the US administration to hand over nuclear technologies to India.

"Contrary to what Fianna Fáil TD Michael Mulcahy has said the choice facing the Government is not difficult at all. The Government is either committed to the principle of non-proliferation and to building a nuclear weapon free world or it is not.

"I am calling on the Taoiseach to tell his friend George Bush that giving nuclear equipment and technologies to a country that has consistently refused to sign the United Nations' Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is unacceptable. He must also make clear that if the US persists with plans to share this equipment with India then we will insist on the deal being vetoed.

"The Government must also urge the other members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to stand strong in defence of the Non-Proliferation Treaty."

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