CANADA: Statement by Member of Canadian Parliament (New Democratic Party) “to ensure that depleted uranium weapons of mass destruction are banned forever”.
PARLIAMENT OF CANADA – HOUSE OF COMMONS
39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION
EDITED HANSARD • NUMBER 105
STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS
Wednesday, June 5, 2008
Mr. Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior, NDP): Mr. Speaker, last year the United Nations First Committee passed a resolution urging member states to re-examine the health hazards posed by the use of uranium weapons.
Belgium has banned the use of uranium in all conventional weapon systems. However, at least 18 countries, including the U.S., use depleted uranium in their arsenals. They are considered weapons of mass destruction under international law.
According to a Canada-U.S. agreement, Canadian uranium exports may only be used for peaceful purposes. However, according to Dr. Douglas Rokke, a U.S. Army research scientist, and others, Canada provides raw uranium to the U.S. and other countries for processing. The resulting depleted uranium is then used in weapons.
One only has to watch the documentary film Beyond Treason to see the devastating effects of these weapons in countries such as Iraq.
I call upon our government to undertake every measure possible to ensure that depleted uranium weapons of mass destruction are banned forever.
To express your support, please contact:
MP Alex Atamanenko (NDP)
House of Commons