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“It was the worst of centuries and the best of centuries. The past 99 years have seen more death, and more brutal death from war, famine and other preventable causes than any other timespan in history ...”

With these words the Hague Appeal for Peace 1999 begins. After a century of terrible wars, civil society is planning a major end-of-the-century conference at the Netherlands Congress Centre, The Hague, Netherlands from 11 to 15 May. The appeal ends with the following:

“Specifically, let us find the moral, spiritual and political will to do what our leaders know must be done but cannot bring themselves to do:
- Abolish nuclear weapons, land mines and all other weapons incompatible with humanitarian law;
- Abolish the arms trade, or at least reduce it to levels compatible with the prohibition of aggression enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations;
- Use the tremendous resources liberated by the end or reduction of the arms race for the eradication of poverty and preservation of the environment.
In pursuing these goals, let us commit to initiating the final steps for abolishing war, for replacing the law of force with the force of law.”


Following on from the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference, the international For Mother Earth network is organising a peace walk for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The walk will take place from 16 to 26 May and will start with a rally on the steps of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. The walk will then go through the Netherlands and Belgium, finishing at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. It is hoped that 2000 people will take part in the walk to help take international law from the ICJ to NATO. The walkers will cover approximately 15 miles per day and there will be mobile kitchens, support vehicles, first-aid and communications buses travelling with the walk. Fees will take account of exchange rates: registration approx £8.75, plus approx £5.25 per day for food etc

Last year For Mother Earth organised a Walk from Belgium to Faslane and they have played a key role in Trident Ploughshares protests. So there will be participants from Scotland taking part in the walk in May this year. If you want more details contact the Scottish CND office.

Scottish CND      Magazine