Urgent Appeal to prevent nuclear war

Een belangrijke rol van deze vredesbeweging die zich mede inzet voor een kernwapenvrije wereld werd recent bekend gemaakt.
Voorzitter Peter Buijs nam namelijk het initiatief door het benaderen van Sergey Batsanov, – Ruslands onderhandelaar over diverse (nucleaireontwapeningsverdragen – om gesprekken over een kernwapenvrije wereld tussen Putin en Biden vlot te trekken bij hun volgende ontmoeting
In een persbericht werd dit goede nieuws op 8 juni bekend gemaakt.
Het Humanistisch Vredesberaad heeft Peter Buijs gecomplimenteerd. zie ook NVMP.ORG

We look forward with great optimism to your meeting in person as the leaders of the most powerful nuclear weapon states. We hope that your summit on June 16 in Geneva will help to rebuild mutual respect and cooperation between the United States and the Russian Federation.

Since the Soviet-U.S. alliance defeated fascism in 1945, courageous Russian and American leaders have several times channeled the courage to work together to put an end to the greatest risk facing humanity: a nuclear apocalypse, intended or unintended, that could end life on our planet.

In their cooperation to create the 1968 Nonproliferation Treaty, your predecessors limited the spread of the most dangerous weapons ever invented and committed to their ultimate elimination. Successive bilateral treaties have reduced their number by more than 85%. And you, President Putin and President Biden, have shown the same determination by extending New START, the most significant remaining bilateral arms control treaty.

We appeal to you to show the same courage and sense of urgency again when you meet in Geneva. Specifically, we urge you to:

  • Reaffirm the joint statement of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan: “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”
  • Commit to a bilateral strategic dialogue that is regular, frequent, comprehensive and result oriented leading to further reduction of the nuclear risk hanging over the world and to the re-discovery of the road to a world free of nuclear weapons.

Your responsibility extends far beyond your two great nations. The eyes of the world will be upon you, and we look forward to your success.


Peter Buijs, MD, Chair, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Netherlands  and initiator of the appeal.

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