The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Trudeau, chose the third day of the special United?
The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Trudeau, chose the third day of the special United Nations disarmament session on Friday (26 May) to make a formal announcement of Canada's decision to scrap its nuclear weaponry. Mr. Trudeau told the 149-nation conference that Canada was replacing its small, American-made nuclear arsenal with conventional weapons. He said that Canada was the first nuclear armed nation to have chosen to divest itself of nuclear weapons.
SYNOPSIS: West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, addressing the assembly for the first time, defended the NATO alliance which the Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr Andrei gromyko, had accused of plotting a military build-up in the 1980s. It was, said Chancellor Schmidt, a reliable factor in the international effort for security. He said that political stability depended on four elements-political, strategic and military balance and a policy of detente.
Mr Gromyko proposed a total ban on the neutron bomb. He said the Soviet Union did not intend to start producing neutron weapons unless the United States or any other nation did so. In a wide ranging speech he said that neutron weapons should be banned, once and for all. But it was Mr Trudeau's speech which took the conference by surprise-as he announced that Canada was already replacing its nuclear arms with conventional weapons.