'HOW CND DELAYED MISSILES BAN TREATY'

Daily Telegraph – 24 September 1999

Not for the first time, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament claim credit for the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty which "scrapped cruise, Pershing and SS20 missiles" (letter, 23 September). In reality, it delayed this vital deal by up to six years, as the following chronology shows:

It is thus indisputable that the 1987 INF deal (which was based on Reagan's "zero option" offer rejected out of hand by CND in 1981) was achieved only after the failure of the unilateralists to undermine NATO's bargaining position.

Throughout their 1980–84 campaign, CND leaders consistently blamed the West rather than the Soviet Union for the nuclear arms race. They elected numerous Communist Party members and pro-Soviet apologists to key positions in their organisation and they maintained friendly contact with such Soviet front bodies as the state-run East German Peace Council, Soviet Peace Committee and World Peace Council.

In November 1983, Bruce Kent, CND General Secretary, described Britain's Communists and the Morning Star as "partners" of the CND (report, 14 November 1983). It is not surprising, given the record of the CND, that the Stasi regarded it with similar affection.

Dr JULIAN LEWIS MP
Cadnam, Hampshire