Cuba will sign nuclear non-proliferation pact

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sun Sep 15 12:02:34 MDT 2002


Cuba to Adhere to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Last Updated: September 14, 2002 06:04 PM ET


HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba announced on Saturday that it would
sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as a contribution
to peace in the post-Sept. 11 world.

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said his country
had not signed the treaty before because it allowed a club
of nuclear powers to exist with no commitment to disarming.

"As a sign of the clear political will of the Cuban
government and its commitment to a effective process of
disarmament that guarantees world peace, our country has
decided to adhere to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty,"
he said.

Cuba will also ratify the Latin American and Caribbean
nonproliferation agreement, known as the Treaty of
Tlatelolco.

Havana signed this treaty in 1995 but had not ratified it
due to the hostility of the United States, the hemisphere's
only nuclear power, he said.

Communist Cuba has offered to cooperate on terrorism with
its longtime political foe, the United States, since the
Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked airliner attacks in New York and
Washington.


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