Nato’s nuclear missiles caught on Camera in Istanbul
babelmed - 30/06/2004
25.06.2004, Istanbul, Turkey – This morning one of the most attractive spots in Istanbul was overrun by missiles which have come to Turkey for the NATO Summit in Istanbul. The two-day summit is to be held on 28th and 29th of June and will include participants from all 26 member states. Today, it looks like NATO's nuclear weapons have arrived before the delegates, as they were caught on camera at one of Istanbul's well known tourist destination.
Ten Greenpeace activists, dressed in missile costumes, brought the missiles to life for their Istanbul tour, which they started in Ortakoy. After having a chat with the press, the activists wanted to take pictures under the Bosphorus bridge topping the famous strait, wich had started to be secured with NATO military naval forces.
The missiles were demanding nuclear disarmament and wanted to sacrifice their lives for the sake of peace. One of them approached the media and voiced their request to be eliminated. “The world needs peace, peace does not need us” it said.
As well as being the largest military alliance, NATO is nothing but a nuclear club. The US, Britain and France alone possess over ten thousand nuclear weapons. There are also over 150 nuclear bombs in six NATO member States, provided by the US and assigned for use by the Alliance. These states are: Turkey, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. However, some NATO countries such as Denmark, Norway, Greece and Spain have made a conscious decision not to allow the deployment of nuclear weapons on their territories in times of peace.
A survey conducted by an independent polling company for Greenpeace shows 72 per cent of Turkish people want to follow the same path and would support their government if it decides to declare Turkey as a nuclear free zone. The opinion poll gives strong evidence that Turkey is not the right
place to have a meeting for a nuclear alliance.
Greenpeace spokesperson Özgür Gürbüz said, “NATO member States have a legal and a moral responsibility under international treaties to start working seriously to rid the world of nuclear weapons not promoting their possession, retention and use. As a start, at this meeting, NATO should decide on removing its own nukes. The world, especially the Middle East, has clearly suffered enough destruction and death. The last thing we need is a club which promotes weapons of mass destruction”.
On the eve of the summit, Greenpeace calls the delegates to go behind the security zones and meet and listen to the 'ordinary people' who want peace and nuclear disarmament at once.