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Parliamentary questions
20 March 2003
ORAL QUESTION WITH DEBATE pursuant to Rule 42 of the Rules of Procedure by Paul Lannoye, Pernille Frahm, Elisabeth Schroedter, Harlem Désir, Ulla Sandbæk, Johan Van Hecke, Nuala Ahern, Sylviane Ainardi, Alexandros Alavanos, Danielle Auroi, Emmanouil Bakopoulos, Jens-Peter Bonde, Alima Boumediene-Thiery, André Brie, Kathalijne Buitenweg, Armando Cossutta, Véronique De Keyser, Proinsias De Rossa, Jillian Evans, Ilda Figueiredo, Per Gahrton, Philippe Herzog, Bent Andersen, Marie Isler Béguin, Pierre Jonckheer, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Ole Krarup, Alain Krivine, Jean Lambert, Caroline Lucas, Nelly Maes, Lucio Manisco, Pedro Marset Campos, Neil MacCormick, Patricia McKenna, Reinhold Messner, Erik Meijer, Joaquim Miranda, Luisa Morgantini, Camilo Nogueira Román, Gérard Onesta, Josu Ortuondo Larrea, Mihail Papayannakis, Herman Schmid, Inger Schörling, Jonas Sjöstedt, Esko Seppänen, Patsy Sörensen, Bart Staes, Claude Turmes, Johannes Voggenhuber, Matti Wuori, Francis Wurtz and Eurig Wyn to the Council

 Subject: Nuclear weapons to be used against Iraq and elsewhere, in battlefield operations as well as pre-emptively 

What has the Council undertaken to express its concern to the Government of the USA about its recent declarations that the use of nuclear weapons against Iraq cannot be excluded? 

In the perspective that the EU should play a leadership role in the the matter of nuclear disarmament and in maintaining respect for the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), what has the Council undertaken to convince the USA that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states should be excluded in all circumstances; 

What dialogue is the Council setting up with NATO and with the USA to counter the new American military strategy of using nuclear weapons against states pre-emptively, as has been formulated in the US 'New Nuclear Posture Review' (January 2002) and the 'National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction'? 

What measures can the Council provide to ensure that no nuclear weapons will be used in any external military operations (within and outside NATO) in which European troops are involved? 

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