Uranium to India: escalating the nuclear arms race- MAPW

 

THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2011:  MAPW opposes the proposed sale of Australian uranium to India, and is appalled at revelations that the Energy Minister has secretly told the US that a deal is on the way.

Fairfax newspapers today reported "that the federal Labor government has secretly canvassed the possibility of uranium sales to India while publicly asserting that it cannot allow such exports as long as Delhi maintains a nuclear arsenal outside the nuclear non-proliferation treaty; " and that Resources, Energy and Tourism Minister, Martin Ferguson, has told US representatives  that ''a deal to supply India with nuclear fuel could be reached in three to five years''. The information comes from Wikileaks.

Detailed analysis: A 4-page paper critiquing uranium sales to India, commissioned by MAPW and partners, is available at http://www.choosenuclearfree.net/india/. It is being mailed today to MAPW financial members. (More detailed information is also available on the same page.)

The paper argues that the opening of nculear trade with India has escapated the nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan, and weakened global restrictions on nuclear weapons proliferation and international moves towards nuclear disarmamament.

MAPW members and supporters are urged to respond by writing to the media, and to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, expressing concern both at the proposed sales, and at the reports which imply that the public is being misled regarding the Government's true intentions.

Media comment: Dr Bill Williams, President, Medical Association for Prevention of War: bill.williams@mapw.org.au or via the MAPW office: 03 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465