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Salient. Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 25. October 4, 1976

In the Future - A Peace Zone

In the Future - A Peace Zone

In time it would be desirable to extend the zone geographically, and in the comprehensiveness of its bans. The agreement establishing the zone would need to include a clause requiring signatories to consult together regularly to discuss extensions. A timetable could be establishbed for the inclusion of Micronesia, (if it is not included initially). Indonesia, and the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa). The timetable could also provide for progressive addition of restrictions on other types of foreign military power such as French garrison forces in New Caledonia, and other types of weaponrey such as chemical and biological.

Such additional restrictions would tend the zone towards what is commonly turned a Nuclear Free Peace Zone.

A Nuclear Free Peace Zone involves ridding the area of all foreign military bases, storage and communication facilties, maintenance bases and so on, The establishment of such a Peace Zone would seem to be a highly desirable long term objective for the region. But the more immediate objective, and the one which would begin to lay the ground for such a peace zone, is the establishment of a Nuclear Free Zone.