Letter from SFP President to US President

16 June 1993

Dear President Clinton,

The Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban, and the current moratorium on testing nuclear weapons.

A letter on the above subjects dated June 8, 1993 and signed by Peter Brogden (Chair, Toronto Chapter of Science for Peace), M. Leith (Chair CTB Committee of CPPNW), John C. Polanyi (Nobel Laureate, Board member, Science for Peace), and Phyllis Creighton (Past Secretary, Science for Peace) will by now have reached your office. It was prepared in my absence abroad, and I wish now to endorse it most strongly.

A past president of Science for Peace, the late George Ignatieff, who was Canadian Ambassador to NATO at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and did much that is not widely known to avert a nuclear holocaust at that time, and was also later Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations,strongly advocated the various points made in the 8 June letter during his lifetime.

I was myself a member of an 18-person international committee in 1986 which set out to persuade M.S. Gorbachev that he should continue the unilateral Soviet nuclear test moratorium that was in force at that time. Whether we were successful will never be known, but the Soviets did extend their moratorium for an additional 6 1/2 months. We were able to assemble a group of scientific experts which clearly demonstrated that Soviet security would not be endangered by such an extension. When moratoria are maintained on both sides on all sides, the mutual security increases.
Vol. 13 No. 3 November 1993

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