His Excellency Mr. George W. Bush
The United States of America
Letter of Protest
The United States, in conjunction with the UK, conducted its 22nd subcritical nuclear test at your underground test site in Nevada on February 23.
With the international community gravely concerned about nuclear proliferation, the US purports to be leading the effort to find a peaceful resolution to the problem of Iran’s nuclear program, yet you conduct a subcritical nuclear test, a clear indication that you are developing new nuclear weapons. Such behavior is intolerable. You have brought the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the international agreement regarding nuclear weapons, to the brink of collapse, and, we fear, are provoking a new round of proliferation.
Mayors for Peace is conducting an Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons that has been endorsed by the US Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of Black Mayors, the European Parliament, the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, and many other organizations around the world. The vast majority of people and nations on this planet desire the total abolition of nuclear weapons, yet you utterly discount them and arrogantly conduct a subcritical nuclear test. We are outraged by your trampling on the hopes and desires of the A-bomb survivors and countless millions around the world seeking liberation from nuclear weapons, and, on behalf of the 1,285 cities in 115 countries and territories that are members of the Mayors for Peace, we vehemently protest.
Just as the US fears the proliferation of nuclear weapons to other countries and to terrorist organizations, the international community is profoundly alarmed by your vast nuclear arsenal and seeming determination to develop new nuclear weapons. The prevention of proliferation requires not the “rule of might” but cooperation and monitoring by the international community. Thus, we urge you to immediately ratify the CTBT, halt all nuclear testing, including subcritical testing, halt all development of new nuclear weapons, and take the lead in a convincing effort to build a genuinely peaceful 21st century free from nuclear weapons.
February 24, 2006
The Conference of Mayors for Peace
|Tadatoshi Akiba||President||Mayor of Hiroshima|
|Iccho Itoh||Vice President||Mayor of Nagasaki|
|Herbert Schmalstieg||Vice President||Mayor of Hannover|
|Catherine Margate||Vice President||Mayor of Malakoff|
|Mohammed Afzal Khan||Vice President||Mayor of Manchester|
|Jaime R. Fresnedi||Vice President||Mayor of Muntinlupa|
|Eugeny P. Ishuchenko||Vice President||Mayor of Volgograd|
|Donald L. Plusquellic||Vice President||Mayor of Akron|
|Garry Moore||Vice President||Mayor of Christchurch|
|Leonardo Domenici||Vice President||Mayor of Florence|
|Patrik Vankrunkelsven||Vice President||Mayor of Laakdal|