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UN Resolution warns nuclear WMD states: end is nigh for DU munitions

UN Resolution warns nuclear WMD states: end is nigh for DU munitions

Pressure has been applied for years by WMD states to block the ban of depleted uranium weapons. But as the humanitarian toll rises and the connection to DU is hard to dispute, even the fairly non-proactive UN is looking to move to a real ban.

John LaForge / The Ecologist  10 November, 2015

“Only four countries opposed a UN Resolution on ‘depleted uranium’ munitions: the USA, UK, France and Israel, all nuclear WMD states whose use of DU leaves battle fields contaminated with toxic, radioactive residues for millennia into the future. The overwhelming support for the Resolution puts the WMD states on notice – DU munitions are no longer acceptable.”

On October 31, a new United Nations General Assembly First Committee resolution on depleted uranium (DU) weapons passed overwhelmingly. There were 143 states in favor, four against, and 26 abstentions.

The measure calls for UN member states to provide assistance to countries contaminated by the weapons. The resolution also notes the need for health and environmental research on depleted uranium weapons in conflict situations.

This fifth UN resolution on the subject was fiercely opposed by four depleted uranium-shooting countries – Britain, the United States, France and Israel – who cast the only votes in opposition. The 26 states that abstained reportedly sought to avoid souring lucrative trade relationships with the four major shooters.

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