No. 19/1999

Dateline: 9 May 1999

WNII is an electronic information service of INES,
the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

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NOTE: Due to my attendance of the Hague Peace Conference and the Annual Abolition 2000 Meeting, the next WNII issue might be delayed for 1-2 days.

Tobias Damjanov, WNII Editor

INES Congress 2000

''Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century''

Stockholm, 14-18 June 2000


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Russia: Centre for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies

In its "START Web Site News" (*) of 1 May 1999, this Russian INES member writes, among other things, the following: "...NATO expansion completely undermines the security system which was created by early 90-s. At first, it breaks the principle of consensus - the decision about NATO enlargement was made in spite of Russia's objections. At second, NATO expansion rejects the principle of transparency - NATO refuses working out an agreement on non-deployment of nuclear weapons at the territories of its new members. And finally - NATO actions in Yugoslavia clearly demonstrate, what the absence of balance of military power may lead to. Thus, unfortunately, the assertion that the basis for regional security system was shifted from military power balance to confidence does not correspond to current realities..."

(NATO Expansion And The Process Of Nuclear Reductions, (in Russian) - the report of experts of our Center, presented at the conference "NATO Movement To The East - Security Problems For Russia And The CIS States," St. Petersburg, April 28-29, 1999). See also: "The War Shoot Down The Belief In Agreements" (by Vladimir Medvedev, Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye NG, N 15, April 23-29, 1999, p. 1,3)

The 1 May issue also informs that a new book entitled "Russian Strategic Missile Systems", - in Russian, (by A.V. Karpenko, A.F. Utkin and A.D. Popov, St. Petersburg, Nevski Bastion - Gangut, 1999, 288 p.) has been recently published. The book summarizes basic data on over 100 Russian systems with ballistic and cruise missiles. Over 700 drawings, photos and pictures of strategic missiles launch.

(*) If you want to be included in the mailing list of "START Web site newsletter,"  mailto:

Corresponding links can be found at the site news page:  http://www.armscontrol.ru/start/

USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), The Sunflower, No. 24, May 1999


The latest edition of The Sunflower covers the following:

EVENTS are listed at: http://www.napf.org/events_current.html



Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org

For the latest nuclear weapons abolition grassroots news, visit:  http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/

NPT PrepCom Meeting, 10-21 May: Tentative Schedule of NGO Events

From the Abolition 2000 Grassroots News May 1999

France admits nuclear explosions caused atoll damage in French Polynesia


France has admitted for first time that fractures have been found in the coral cones at the former Moruroa and Fangataufa nuclear test sites in French Polynesia.

Environmental groups and critics of France's nuclear testing program have been making the claim for several years, although the France government has always denied them. Now, however, the new Director of France's Atomic Energy Commission, Ren Pellat, has told a media conference in Tahiti that there definitely are fractures within the atolls.

The Editor of Tahiti-Pacifique magazine , Alex W. du Prel, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program that Mr. Pellat made the admission after inspecting the sites last week: "There had been a map showing the fractures which was circulating among French union circles, in the early nineties," du Prel said, but it never was confirmed by the French government. Now, he noted, for "the first time they actually admitted there were fractures. "We're talking about the coral part of the atoll," du Prel stressed.

[Source: Radio Australia, May, 4, 1999]

News from the Non-Nuclear NATO Network


The Non-Nuclear NATO Network (nnnnet) which is sponsored by the US-based "Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development," is producing the electronic newsletter "NATO NUCLEAR FLASH". Its issue 99-23 of 26 April contains the following:

1. Polish Defense Minister Says Rumors of Russian Nuclear Response to Bombing Not to Be Taken Seriously.  http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/news/042599wprost.txt

2. NATO Widens Security 'Map.'  http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/news/042599wp.txt

3. Nato's New Strategic Concept.  For the full document, go to:  http://www.nato.int/docu/pr/1999/p99-065e.htm  Or in text-only format: http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/references/natostratcon99.txt

4. Fact Sheet: NATO's New Strategic Concept. http://www.nato50.gov/text/99042450.htm

5. Fact sheet: NATO on Weapons of Mass Destruction.  http://www.nato50.gov/text/99042409.htm

6. Fact Sheet: NATO on Defense Capabilities Initiative. http://www.nato50.gov/text/99042408.htm

7. Nuclear Launch Codes Left Behind.  http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/news/042499ap.txt

8. NATO Assigns Counterproliferation Tasks to Military Forces.  http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/news/042499otfried.txt


Hague Appeal for Peace civil society conference, 11-15 May 1999



To communicate the activities, news, and proposals coming out of the Hague Appeal for Peace, an email listserv has been created that will broadcast up-to-the-minute updates from the conference.

To subscribe to this listserv, send an email message to  with the message "subscribe hapnews-list" in the body of the email.

The email broadcasts will only last from May 11-15. Those subscribed to the regular "hap99-list" will NOT be automatically subscribed to "hapnews;" you must subscribe yourself separately.

New sources concerning the Iraq Crisis


Events listed here are being published only once due to limited space.  Changes, however, will be taken into account (marked with ''UPDATE'')

Abolition 2000 Annual General Meeting (Update)

The agenda for the Abolition 2000 Annual General Meeting will be organized around these goals:

* To know who is participating in the network

* To bring everyone up to the same level of information about Abolition 2000 structure, history, aims and style of operating

* To identify successes and best practices from the previous year

* To identify strategies leading up to 2000 (and beyond?) for the network

* To identify proposals for enhancing the network

* To review the present structure and improve where necessary

For more details, mailto:

5th International Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) Conference


UN General Assembly special session on follow-up to the Population Conference (ICPD UNGASS)


International Seminar "Militarism and Gender"

Themes may include:


For more details, contact Dr. Catherine Euler, Research Centre on Violence, Abuse and Gender Relations mailto:


CHANGE: email Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF)

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