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Yesterday in Geneva, the ‘Open Ended Working Group’ met to develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. This new UN body has the backing of 138 nations.

Five of the nine nuclear-armed nations – China, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and France – issued a joint statement in November explaining why they opposed the creation of the working group.

“An instrument such as a ban” would “undermine the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] regime”, they argued, but did not explain how.

These countries are noticeably absent from the first day of these important new disarmament talks.

UK political leaders say repeatedly that they love multilateral disarmament. It’s therefore unacceptable and hypocritical of the UK to in effect boycott the OEWG.

ICAN (The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) is asking for those willing to press decision makers on why the UK isn’t at the‪#‎OEWG‬. These are some relevant accounts:

Foreign Office – @foreignoffice

UK delegation at UN Geneva – @UKMissionGeneva

Foreign Secretary – @PHammondMP

Shadow Foreign Secretary – @hilarybennmp

Shadow Defence Secretary – @EmilyThornberry

And do look at https://mobile.twitter.com/ICAN_UK

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