Federal parliament joins call to ban nuclear weapons
The federal parliament has followed the lead of the Flemish parliament in asking the government to remove all nuclear weapons from Belgian soil
“A nuclear-free world”
Tactical nuclear warheads under joint Belgian-US control have been sited at the Kleine-Brogel military airfield in Limburg province since the 1960s.
The Flemish parliament motion called on the government of Flanders to put pressure on the federal government “to work in co-operation with EU and Nato partners to realise a nuclear-free world and a removal of all nuclear weapons from Flanders”. The federal resolution, too, states that “Belgium remains active to make its entire territory nuclear arms free”.
“The congruous timing of both resolutions can only reinforce the signal to the federal government,” said Peter Luykx, federal MP for N-VA. “With the Cold War behind us, this country should continue its efforts for a world without nuclear arms.”
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