Brief van internationale organisaties die de Tweede Kamer vragen aan te dringen op verlenging van het wapenembargo:

Dear Madam, Sir,

We write you this letter to express our concern about the lifting of the Dutch arms embargo against India and Pakistan as has been decided by your government on Tuesday 12 December 2000.

Your government imposed military sanctions immediately after the nuclear tests of both countries in May 1998. Since then Pakistan and India have continued moving forward on the road to full nuclearisation of their weaponry. We have witnessed nuclear capable missile tests from both sides, the Kargil conflict, the loss of democracy in Pakistan and a huge 28 percent rise in the Indian defence budget, besides the general nuclear rethoric that is regularly practiced by the nuclear and military establishments. We think though that the recent ceasefire on both sides of the Line of Control in Kashmir is a positive step towards a peaceful resolution of the tense and near-war relation between the two countries. India and Pakistan do not need any more weapons to solve their problems.

We therefore ask you to put pressure on the Dutch government to reimpose a stop on the export of military goods to both India and Pakistan. Also we would like you to ask the Dutch government to step up diplomatic pressure on member states of the European Union to act in accordance with the spirit of the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports and stop arms sales to India and Pakistan.

Yours sincerely,

Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy

ANUMUKTI: A Journal Devoted to a Non-Nuclear India, India

CEHAT, India

Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection, India

Indian Campaign to Ban Landmines, India

Physicians for Peace, India

Samarthan Trust, India

The Other Media, India

Focus on the Global South - India Programme, Thailand

Hamsa Banning Landmines Campaign, Korea

Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal (NCBL), Nepal

Pax Christi-Pilipinas, Philippines

Peace and Nuclear Issues Committee, National Christian Council, Japan

People's Action for the Revision of the Unjust R.O.K.-US SOFA Agreement, Korea

South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Nepal

Women Making Peace, South Korea

Aaj kay Naam, UK

Arusha Centre, Calgary, Canada

Campaign Against Arms Trade, UK

International Fellowship of Reconcilliation, the Netherlands

Quaker Council European Affairs, Belgium

South Asia Citizens Web / South Asians Against Nukes, France

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, Sweden

Landelijke India Werkgroep - 15 januari 2001