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A world without nuclear weapons

· Pope appeals to participants in the UN Conference ·

During the General Audience on Wednesday, 5 May, Benedict XVI called on the participants in the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, encouraging concrete initiatives for peace. The following is a translation of his Appeal, which was made in Italian.

On 3 May in New York, work began at the Eighth Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Progress toward a collaborative and secure nuclear disarmament is closely connected with the full and rapid fulfilment of the relevant international commitments. Peace, in fact, rests on trust and on respect for assumed obligations, not only on the balance of power.

In this spirit, I encourage the initiatives that pursue a progressive disarmament and the creation of nuclear-free zones, with a view to their complete elimination from the planet. Finally, I appeal to all the participants in the meeting in New York to break away from the trends of the past and to patiently construct political and economic grounds for peace, in order to support integral human development and the authentic hopes of all Peoples.

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