PSR's Dr. Bob Gould represents us at historic IPPNW Middle East Meeting
December 16, 2011
is proud to partner with others in International Physicians for the
Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in the pursuit of peace.
Representatives from Israel, Iran, Egypt, United States, UK, France,
Germany, Netherlands, Hungary and Turkey met in Ankara, Turkey, on
December 8th to the 10th to address the issues of peace, health, and
weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
participants called for bold action for peace and security.
Specifically, they called on governments in the region to start
negotiations to establish a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the
Middle East, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Noting
that there are immense public health problems in the communities of the
Middle East and primary health care programs have suffered greatly from
financial restriction and ongoing conflicts, they called for
reallocation of military funding to support health budgets in the
Below, please find the complete text of the resolution.
Ankara Declaration on IPPNW Middle East Core Group Meeting:
Strategies for Peace and Health in the Nuclear Free Middle East
Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) representatives
from Israel, Iran, Egypt, United States, UK, France, Germany,
Netherlands, Hungary and Turkey met in Ankara, Turkey, on December 8th
to 10th 2011 to address the issues of peace, health and weapons of mass
destruction in the Middle East.
Middle East (ME) region is experiencing a turbulent period. There are
political instability, ethnic and religious conflicts, economic
difficulties and external military interventions causing detrimental
effects on the health and well-being of the citizens of the Middle East.
as health professionals have responsibilities to respond to these
unacceptable conditions which have caused large scale suffering and loss
of human life, and we are concerned that the existing conflicts could
escalate into the use of weapons of mass destruction.
We call for:
commitment of governments for peaceful resolution of conflicts without
use of military force; and using diplomacy and the rule of international
- We demand that all signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ratify and observe their responsibilities immediately.
the published reports that there are nuclear weapons in Israel and
tactical NATO nuclear weapons in Turkey, and there concerns that Iran is
developing nuclear weapons; and there are possible chemical and
biological weapons in the ME countries, governments should immediately
start negotiations to establish a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone
-Middle East (WMDFZ-ME) including nuclear, chemical and biological
weapons; and take measures to strengthen the implementation of the
Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and Biological Weapons Convention
(BWC). We demand that all governments immediately start negotiations for
to establish a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC). We call for the
development of regional International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear
Weapons (ICAN) activities.
oppose the plans for deploying Missile Defense Systems including those
recently positioned in Turkey. They must be removed at once as the
system escalates the danger of nuclear proliferation.
- We demand the strict observation of the landmines convention.
- Cease the supply of small arms, conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction (or the components of such) in the region.
construction of nuclear power plants is a threat to the health of
people and the environment of the ME as well as a stimulus to nuclear
weapons proliferation. The ME is a primary earthquake region.
Considering the bitter lessons of the Fukushima catastrophe and past
accidents such as Chernobyl, we call for an immediate abandoning of
nuclear plant construction programs. The establishment of the renewable
energy alternatives to nuclear power should be promoted.
are immense public health problems in the communities of the ME and
primary health care programs have suffered from financial restriction
and ongoing conflicts. We demand the immediate reallocation of military
funding to health budgets.
efforts should be exerted by all governments and institutions to
immediately end Israeli-Palestine/ Jewish-Arab conflict through peace
negotiations and initiatives including the Arab Peace Initiative.
List of Signatories (in alphabetical order):
Abraham Behar, IPPNW-France, Mediterranean Commission Former President
Ahmed Saada, IPPNW-Egypt, Middle East Vice-President
Arielle Denis, ICAN Europe Coordinator – Geneva
Ernesto Kahan, IPPNW-Israel
Herman Spanjaard, IPPNW-Netherlands, Speaker of the International Council
Lars Pohlmeier, IPPNW-Germany, European Vice-President
Leila Moein, IPPNW-Iran, Medical Student Representative
Liz Waterston, IPPNW-United Kingdom
Patrice Sutton, IPPNW-USA
Raánan Friedmann, IPPNW-Israel
Robert Gould, IPPNW-USA
Sharon Dolev, ICAN Middle East
Zita Makoi, IPPNW-Hungary
Ahmet Saltik, IPPNW-Turkey
Bayazit Ilhan, IPPNW-Turkey, President of Ankara Medical Chamber
Berker Ozbek, IPPNW-Turkey, Medical Student
Burcak Aydin, IPPNW-Turkey, Medical Student Representative
Celalettin Guner, IPPNW-Turkey
Cem Coteli, IPPNW-Turkey, Medical Student Representative
Derman Boztok, IPPNW-Turkey
Guldali Aybas, IPPNW-Turkey
Ozen Asut, IPPNW-Turkey
Ozlem Tur, Ankara Middle East Technical University International Relations Department
Selcuk Atalay, General Secretary of Ankara Medical Chamber
Selenge Beduk, IPPNW-Turkey, Medical Student
Simge Uzman, IPPNW-Turkey, Medical Student