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Berlin Declaration

By International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility
May 27, 2001

The Council of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, meeting in Berlin, May 25-27, 2001, expresses its strong opposition to U.S. plans to deploy

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ballistic missile defences that would violate or abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty.

Such deployment would be highly destabilizing, leading to renewed nuclear arms races, to the weaponization of space and to the increased danger of nuclear war.

We urge scientists and engineers throughout the world to raise their voices in opposition to the deployment of ballistic missile defences and in support of efforts to eliminate nuclear arsenals.

We believe that work on ballistic missile defences, as on improvement of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, is misguided and unethical. We urge scientists and engineers to withhold their skills from such efforts and to contribute to the verified elimination of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

We further urge people and governments to actively support the preservation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and the elimination of nuclear weapons and to actively oppose deployment of ballistic missile defences and the weaponization of space.