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No to a stability based on fear

The elimination of nuclear weapons in the world is not only a “€œchallenge”€ but also a “€œmoral and humanitarian imperative”€,Pope Francis said in a message sent to participants of a UN conference aimed at negotiating a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. “€œThe common destiny of mankind demands the pragmatic strengthening of dialogue and the building and consolidating of mechanisms of trust and cooperation, capable of creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons”€, Francis
wrote in a letter read by Msgr Antoine Camilleri, Undersecretary for Relations
with States, head of the Holy See Delegation to the Conference, the first part
of which took place in New York from 27-31 March. “€œHow sustainable is a
stability based on fear when it actually increases fear and undermines
relationships of trust between peoples”€, he asked. In reality, the response of nuclear deterrence appears entirely inadequate in facing challenges such as “€œterrorism, asymmetrical conflicts, cybersecurity, environmental problems, poverty. These concerns are even greater when we consider the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences that would follow from any use of nuclear weapons, with devastating, indiscriminate and uncontainable effects”€, not to mention, the “€œwaste of resources spent on nuclear
issues for military purposes”€, Francis added, “€œwhich could instead be used for
worthy priorities like the promotion of peace and integral human development,
as well as the fight against poverty, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development”€. In his message the Pontiff stressed the
need to build peace based on “€œjustice, on integral human development, on
respect for fundamental human rights, on the protection of creation, on the
participation of all in public life, on trust between peoples, on the support
of peaceful institutions, on access to education and health, on dialogue and
solidarity”€. We should move “€œbeyond nuclear deterrence”€, with the awareness that any response must be “€œcollective and concerted, based on mutual trust”€ and “€œas far as possible, should include all”€, avoiding “€œthose forms of mutual recrimination and polarization which hinder dialogue rather than encourage it”€.


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