UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged
world governments on Friday to end the "long inertia" at the Geneva
disarmament talks and free up much of the money spent on arms for use
alleviating hunger, disease and other ills in impoverished nations.
new coalition of nuclear-activist nations, meanwhile, said that moving
quickly in Geneva on a treaty to shut down all production of uranium and
plutonium for atomic bombs is an "essential step" toward global nuclear
Negotiations for the long-proposed Fissile Material
Cutoff Treaty, currently blocked by Pakistan at the Conference on
Disarmament in Geneva, should instead "be pursued with vigor and
determination," said the 10-nation group, led by Japan and Australia and
including Germany, Canada and Mexico.