The red-green government will declare itself in favor of stabilization and the continuation of the demilitarization process during the Conference on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons that kicks off in New York. The question is whether Fischer should ask for the withdrawal of all US atomic weapons in Germany on that occasion. Debates on this topic also take place in the United States. The president of that country wants to intensify its armament process. It would be a good opportunity for our Foreign Affairs Minister to insist on the need to stop the atomic arms race. This conference should lead to the signing of a document that bans proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The US arsenal in Germany no longer makes sense. We hope that the accords signed in 1991-1992 by George H. Bush and Mijail Gorbachov be respected. At that time, it was about reducing and dismantling the tactic nuclear weapons of both parties and that involves weapons that are currently located in Germany. It is time to fulfill those obligations.
The red-green government does not pronounce itself in a more clearly manner because its role is to save the Non Proliferation Treaty and to accelerate disarmament. The role of parliament members is to say what needs to be done, that is, to have these weapons leave Germany. If Greenpeace organizes demonstrations in front of the ministry, it is because they don’t know the position of the government. I only hope that our ministry can get things started in New York. Thus, we will know who opposes these weapons leaving Germany. I hope George W. Bush does not ignore the document that his father signed.

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« Die US-Atomwaffen müssen von deutschem Boden verschwinden », by Gert Weisskirchen, Frankfurter Rundschau, May 3, 2005. Text adapted from an interview.