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Nobel Peace Prize 2005

Letter to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

October 14, 2005

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei
International Atomic Energy Agency
P.O. Box 100
Wagramer Strasse 5
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Fax: (+431) 2600-7

Dear Dr. ElBaradei:

Congratulations to you personally and all your colleagues at the IAEA who have laboured so hard to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons on our planet. IPPNW also wishes to express particular gratitude for your commitment to preventing the invasion of Iraq. You provided the international community with factual information on the monitoring of Iraq's weapons programmes and took a strong stand against the false allegations made by a few nations. We hope that you can bring the facts to bear on the current crisis over Iran's nuclear intentions and that the call for multilateral solutions will prevail.

You recently stated that "Unless we are moving steadily toward nuclear disarmament, I'm afraid that the alternative is that we'll have scores of countries with nuclear weapons and that's an absolute recipe for self-destruction." IPPNW shares this concern. The IAEA can help lead the way not only on key measures to stem the tide of horizontal proliferation, including fissile materials controls and a FMCT, but also on the mutually dependent task of ensuring that the nuclear weapon states comply fully with their NPT obligations.

At the same time, the mission of the IAEA to promote peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which is unfortunately also a bargain embodied in Article IV of the NPT, is of serious and growing concern to IPPNW. Without new controls or reforms, the world will never be far away from a vastly expanded number of potential nuclear weapon states who can legally walk right up to the tenuous dividing line between energy production and weapons manufacture. This profound danger deserves thorough revaluation within the IAEA and among the international community.

With the awarding of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, your work takes on heightened meaning and importance. Indeed, in many ways it is not merely recognition of past accomplishment, but is a challenge to do much more. As a fellow Nobel Peace Laureate, IPPNW stands ready to assist you in eliminating this greatest of threats to health and human survival.

With our best wishes for your continued pursuit of a more peaceful, nuclear weapons-free world.

Sincerely yours,

Gunnar Westberg,
Co-President, Sweden

MD Ron McCoy, MD
Co-President, Malaysia


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