Invitation to the peace movements from the European nuclear (host) nations to a meeting in Brussels on Saturday 7th July 2018 (from 10 am to 1 pm), the meeting will take place in:
Rue Gallait 86
It’s about 1 km or a 12 minute walk to the Brussels North Station
For more details how to get there, see: http://www.dekriekelaar.be/fr/contact
We propose the following agenda:
10:00 – 10:15 Greetings by Ludo de Brabander
10:15 – 10:30 Round of introductions (Name, Organisation)
10:30 – 11:30 reports from the anti nuclear weapons actions in the different countries, only questions after each report
11:30 – 12:15 discussion
12:15 – 13:00 further common actions
Invitation to peace friends in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, UK
On the 7th of July 2017, 122 UN member states voted for a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. One year on, as the NATO Summit takes place in Brussels on the 11th and 12th July, the peace movement will meet to protest against militarism and nuclear weapons.
While the majority of the world supports a global ban on nuclear weapons, NATO is sticking to its military doctrine with nuclear arms as a cornerstone of its strategy. Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey all host US nuclear bombs in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The US will soon ‘mondernize’ these B61 nuclear bombs. France and the UK are nuclear weapon states in their own right. Most EU Member States, 22 of which are members of NATO, oppose the Ban Treaty. But five non-NATO EU Member States voted in favour.
Even if the European Union professes to advocate a world without nuclear weapons, there has been little discussion about how to get there – either in the parliaments of the European host nations and nuclear weapon states, or in other member states. Although the European Parliament initially adopted a resolution that welcomed the treaty negotiating conference – asking member states to play an active part – it hasn’t taken a position since the treaty’s adoption.
The peace movement bears a huge responsibility – to resist NATO’s nuclear policy. One year on from the agreement of ban treaty – and facing the planned modernization of US nuclear arms in Europe – it’s time for action. We must mobilize, promote and campaign for a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone in Europe.
We invite peace movements from the
European nuclear (host) nations to a meeting in Brussels on
Saturday 7th July 2018 (from 10 am to 1 pm),
on the first anniversary of the agreement of the ban treaty.
We will discuss the initiation and development of a common strategy for peace and nuclear disarmament in Europe, as well as putting forward ideas for political pressure, actions and campaigns.
The meeting place is: De Kriekelaar, Rue Gallait 86, B-1030 Schaerbeek
It’s about 1 km or a 12 minute walk to the Brussels North Station, for more details how to get there, see: http://www.dekriekelaar.be/fr/contact
For registration please send an email with your name and organization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the meeting you will be able to join the demonstration ‘Make Peace Great Again’, at 3 pm from the Brussels North Station, to protest against NATO and its war policy. You are also welcome to participate in the counter-summit in the Institut Libre Marie Haps, 11 Rue Arlon Aarlenstraat, 1050 Brussels (opposite the European Parliament). You’ll find the programme here soon.
International Coordinating Committee “No to war – no to NATO”