Letter of Protest against subcritical nuclear tests by Russia issued

August 11, 2004 [To Russia / 6 in total]

His Excellency Vladimir V. Putin
Russian Federation

Letter of Protest

We have learned that Russian Atomic Energy Minister Rumyantsev announced that your country has conducted multiple sub-critical nuclear tests at the Novaya Zemlya Island test site in the Arctic Ocean since the start of the year.

If the reports are factual, on behalf of the 611 cities in 109 countries and territories that are members of the Mayors for Peace, I vehemently protest these acts as a betrayal of the hopes of the A-bomb survivors and people around the world for nuclear abolition.

The nuclear policies of the United States, North Korea, and other countries have thrown the world into a crisis of new nuclear proliferation and increased the danger that nuclear weapons will be used. For Russia, which claims to abide by the NPT to, like the U.S., test and take every other pain to maintain its nuclear arsenal, only hastens the destruction of the NPT regime. These deeply alarming developments are increasing nuclear proliferation and leading the world towards a day when such weapons will be used and extinguish human life.

I demand that Russia sincerely abide the “unequivocal undertaking” by the nuclear weapon states to “accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals,” adopted by the 2000 NPT Review Conference, to immediately cease sub-critical nuclear testing, and to do all in your power to make the 21st century peaceful and free of nuclear weapons.

August 11, 2004

The Conference of Mayors for Peace

Tadatoshi Akiba   President   Mayor of Hiroshima  
Iccho Itoh   Vice President   Mayor of Nagasaki  
Stefano Bruni    Vice President   Mayor of Como  
Herbert Schmalstieg   Vice President   Mayor of Hannover  
Catherine Margate   Vice President   Mayor of Malakoff  
Audrey Joness   Vice President   Mayor of Manchester  
Jaime R. Fresnedi   Vice President   Mayor of Muntinlupa  
Yuri Chekhov   Vice President   Mayor of Volgograd