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Letter: Star Wars.

Byline: G. Poole

ON BEHALF of Merseyside CND, I am very pleased to hear that the US and Russia have reached an agreement to cut their existing nuclear arsenal by almost three quarters over the next 10 years.

Unfortunately, President George W. Bush has won the argument whereby thousands of nuclear warheads would be stored for use in an emergency and not destroyed.

Russia's Vladimir Putin has moved a great deal since previous talks in January, when he opposed the scuppering of the 1972 antiballistic missile treaty and the US National Missile Defence programme. Mr Bush is still determined to go ahead with his missile programme, which puts Britain in the direct firing line through the use of Fylingdales and Menwith Hill bases.

The original ``Star Wars'' project, which was abandoned, cost pounds 63bn.

The statement made by the late Olof Palme and his Common Security Commission in 1982 said: ``Countries must recognise that, in a nuclear age, nations cannot achieve security at each others' expense. Only through co-operative efforts will the world's citizens be able to live without fear of war and devastation.''

This statement has as much relevance now, in relation to the National Missile Defence programme, as it did over ``Star Wars''.

G. Poole (Co-chair Merseyside CND), Sefton Park, Liverpool
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 20, 2002
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