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DISARMAMENT AND PEACE: Rising Military Expenditure Is ‘Scandalous’

“It is scandalous that military expenditures continue to be on the rise, diverting potential resources from addressing poverty, inequality, injustice, education, and health,” affirmed Msgr. John Putzer, chargé d’affaires of the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, when speaking at the Sixth Review Conference of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons.

Recalling that disarmament, development, and peace “are three interdependent issues”, the Vatican representative emphasized that the link of national security to the accumulation of weapons is a “false logic.”

“International security and peace are best achieved through the promotion of a culture of dialogue and cooperation, through peace education, and not through an arms race,” he said.  

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