The Government of Canada on April 19, 1999
issued a new nuclear
weapons policy in response to a report released by the Parliamentary Committee
on Foreign Affairs' in December 1998.
The new policy:
- Requests NATO to review the Alliance's nuclear policy and its relationship to
proliferation, arms control and disarmament developments;
- Calls on both Russia and the U.S. to negotiate to de-alert and de-mate their nuclear
arsenals to increase the margin of safety against unauthorized or accidental use of
- Pledges to work with the New Agenda
Coalition in pursuing shared nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation objectives;
- Stresses the necessity to devalue the political significance of nuclear weapons;
- Calls for a new Statement of Principles and Objectives at the 2000 Review Conference of
the Non-Proliferation Treaty;
- Repeats its calls for an Ad Hoc Committee of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva to
undertake substantive discussions on nuclear disarmament issues;
- Agrees to hold an annual meeting with Canadian non- governmental organizations.
At the same time, however, the Government did not accept certain
recommendations made by the Committee. The Government did not, for example, support
negotiations on a nuclear weapons disarmament convention or reject the use of surplus
weapons plutonium from the U.S. and Russia in Canadian nuclear reactors.
For the Government's new policy visit www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/nucchallenge/menu-e.htm