Prevent Iran War: Pls Sign Iran Appeal, Write to Your Government

Please forgive us if this is the hundredth time you have seen this appeal, especially if you have already signed it. If you havent signed it do please sign it. If you have please get another organisation to sign it and write to your government.

Parliamentarians and NGOs: PLEASE SIGN PARLIAMENTARIANS AND CIVIL SOCIETY APPEAL ON IRAN AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS, LETTER TO KOFI ANNAN (urls and text below). Individuals - PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR GOVERNMENT/UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL

To sign please email this adress foesyd4@ihug.com.au with your name, position, name of organisation, and (if you are a parliamentarian) party and electorate. Please do not forget location and COUNTRY.

(Urls for Parliamentarians and Civil Socety Appeal and Letter to Kofi Annan below)

Individuals (as well as Parliamentarians and NGOs) are also strongly urged to write to your foreign minister and/or Security Council representative in the same sense as the Appeal, urging a peaceful solution to the crisis with Iran. Please FAX or write to your government, preferably handwritten or printed on letterhead.
(Security Council anf foreign ministers fax numbers below).

PARLIAMENTARIANS AND CIVIL SOCIETY APPEAL ON IRAN AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS

A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THE IRAN CRISIS AND A NUCLEAR-FREE MIDDLE EAST

NO 'FIRST USE' OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

To: President George Bush Secy of State Condoleeza Rice UN Ambassador John Bolton

President Ahmadinejad of Iran Foreign Minister of Iran, Kamal Jharze Iran UN Ambassador, H.E. Zarif-Khonsari

Ehud Olmert, Acting Prime Minister of Israel, Israel Foreign MinisterTzipi Livni, H.E. Mr. Dan Gillerman, Israel UN Mission

cc Mr Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission Tony Blair, Prime Minister of UK Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs,

The Hon. John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia The Hon. Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia

M. Jacques Chirac, Président de la République Française M. Dominique de Villepin, Premier Ministre M. Philippe Douste-Blazy, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères S.E. Jean-Marc de la Sablière, Représentant permanent auprès des Nations-Unies

Herr Horst Köhler, Bundespräzsident Deutschlands Frau Angela Merkel, Bundeskanzlerin Deutschlands Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Deutsche Bundesaussenminister

Mr Kofi Annan, General Secretary of the United Nations Mr Mohamed ElBaradei, Director of the IAEA

Wolfgang Schuessel, President of the European Union, Chancellor of Austria,

President Putin of Russia Foreign Minister Ivanov of Russia

China UN, Geneva and IAEA Missions

IAEA Board Members


Dear Presidents Bush and Ahmadinejad, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Secretaries of State, IAEA Board Members, and Ambassadors,

The proliferation of nuclear weapons is possibly the single greatest threat to civilisation. If a feared cascade of proliferation occurs, the probability that by malice, madness, miscalculation or malfunction, nuclear weapons will at some point be used will increase sharply. All nations have a responsibility to ensure that the number of nations with nuclear weapons does not grow, to prevent non-state actors from obtaining them, and for those who posses nuclear weapons to eliminate and abolish them.

Threats and rumours of military action or even nuclear weapons use only worsen a growing crisis between Iran, the United States, and Israel.

Reports of preparations for and explorations of military options, no matter how speculative, are highly disturbing and are in themselves dangerous. Such explorations must cease. There must be no talk of war.

But there IS talk of war, both from the United States and from Israel. President Ahmadinejad, you have spoken of "wiping Israel from the map." In the US and Israel, 'hotheads' call openly for "swift military action", while 'responsible' leaders speak of "no option being ruled out." President Bush, we heard these same two formulations used just months before the invasion of Iraq. We urge that the explorations of military or nuclear options cease immediately, and support IAEA General Director, Mohamed ElBaradei in calling for this belligerent talk from all parties to stop now.

The United States and other Nuclear Weapon States and de facto nuclear weapon states -nations that already possess nuclear weapons- have made little progress toward the internationally mandated goal of the total and unequivocal elimination of those weapons. Although there has been some limited progress in lowering total nuclear stockpiles, the established nuclear weapons possessors continue to rely on those weapons in their security doctrines, and do not envisage change in that posture 'for the foreseeable future'.

This continues in spite of a clear international consensus to the effect that nuclear weapons are a continuing threat to civilisation and life, in spite of repeated calls by the international community for progress toward their total and unequivocal elimination.

Nations that possess large nuclear arsenals cannot consistently or credibly call for others to eliminate or cease the pursuit of nuclear weapons arsenals of their own while not moving to eliminate their own nuclear weapons. A global commitment to the elimination of nuclear weapons is a global commitment to the elimination of nuclear weapons, and applies equally to all parties. There can be no exceptions. Those who now posses nuclear arsenals are obliged to eliminate those arsenals. Those who do not have them must not pursue them.

Similarly, the violation of the goal of a nuclear-free Middle East by one party does not in any way excuse its violation by another party. However, the renunciation of the nuclear option by one party will facilitate its renunciation by another party.

Israel's nuclear arsenal and the pursuit of nuclear weapons by Iran - if indeed that is taking place - are dangerous per se and open the gate for further proliferation by other Middle Eastern nations, and for a middle eastern arms race that would be dangerous in the extreme. This must not happen.

Serious concerns exist over the possibility that US nuclear doctrine may envisage strikes against other nations that involve a first use of nuclear weapons, or possibly the use of nuclear weapons against nations that are not themselves nuclear - armed. We note with approval the recent letter by US senators and others in this matter.

A third use of nuclear weapons must never take place. It would be a catastrophe not only for Iran or Israel but for the entire region and even for the entire world, because of its radioactive fallout, its chaotic effects, and because it would break the taboo against the use of these weapons that has so far held place for the last 60 years. Breaking this taboo could result in the further use of nuclear weapons, with a lower and lower bar for such use. The widespread use of nuclear weapons would be catastrophic for the world. We urge all parties to renounce the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and to adopt policies that rule out their use.

The Parliamentarians, civil society organisations, and prominent individuals signed below hereby urge a solution to the crisis in relations between the US and Iran, Israel and Iran, based on the following clearly defined principles:

1) No use of any military option whatsoever by any party for any reason.

2) A clear commitment by all nuclear-armed parties not to use nuclear weapons in this situation, and a broader commitment to the doctrine of no 'first use' of nuclear weapons.

3) The implementation of the 1995 Non-Proliferation Treaty Resolution on a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle East, implementation of the annual consensus-adopted General Assembly resolutions on 'Establishment of a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the region of the Middle East'.

4) A clear commitment by all parties to the global elimination of nuclear weapons, including through reaffirming the Final Declaration of the 2000 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, and relevant General Assembly resolutions.

5) A diplomatic path to the removal of tensions between the US, Israel, and Iran, involving compromise on both sides, recognition of the legitimate security concerns of all parties including both Israel and Iran, and refraining from inflammatory statements or the exploration of military options by any party.


URLS AND FAX NUMBERS BELOW

Urls for Parliamentarians and Civil Society Appeal on Iran:

In french:

Tu le trouveras sur le site d'ACDN : //www.acdn.net en français et en anglais.

PNND website at the following url:

//www.gsinstitute.org/pnnd/ParliamentariansIranNukes.htm

It is also on the GANA website of Ak Malten at:

//www.cornnet.nl/~akmalten/Iran_Nuclear_letter.html


Letter to Kofi Annan url:

//www.ippnw.org ,

below "Udates and News".


Some Important Fax Numbers:

(contact details for all security council members may be found on: //www.reachingcriticalwill.org )

George Bush, President, USA:1-202-456-2461

Condoleeza Rice, Secy of State USA: 1-202-647-6047

USA UN Mission NY - 1-212-415-4443 (Amb John Bolton)

Iran Minister of Foreign Affairs 0098-21-667-43149

Iran UN Ambassador NY - 2-212-867-7086

Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs 97-225-303015

Israel UN Mission NY 1-212-499-5515

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: 49-228-56-2357 or 49-30-4000-2357

Germany UN Mission 1-212-940-0402

Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 7-095-244-9248/4112

Russia NY UN Mission 1-212-628-0252

China UN Mission 1-212-634-7626

Brazil Geneva UN mission 43-1-513-8374

Canada Foreign Ministry 1-613-992-2482

Canada UN mission 1-212-848-1195

Sweden Foreign Ministry 46-8-723-1176

Sweden UN Mission 1-212-832-0389

Norway Foreign Ministry 47-2224-9580

Norway UN mission 1-212-688-0554

Jack Straw, UK Secy of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 44-207-270-2833

UK Un Mission 1-212-745-9316

Hon. Alexander Downer, Australian Ministry for Foreign Affairs 61-2-6273-4112

Australia UN Mission 1-212-351-6610.

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