[isml] Germany, France Work to Ban Cloning (fwd)

From: Eugene Leitl (Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)
Date: Thu Aug 09 2001 - 09:29:20 MDT

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Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 10:49:02 -0700
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Subject: [isml] Germany, France Work to Ban Cloning

>From Excite News,
Germany, France Work to Ban Cloning

Updated: Wed, Aug 08 8:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Germany and France have launched a campaign for a U.N.
treaty to ban human cloning, which they say is unacceptable and incompatible
with human dignity.

The U.N. ambassadors from the two nations presented Secretary-General Kofi
Annan with a letter requesting that their initiative be included on the
agenda of the new General Assembly session, which begins next month.

Germany and France also circulated a proposed resolution Wednesday asking
the General Assembly to create a special committee to draft a legally
binding international convention banning human cloning.

"The German-French initiative is aimed at internationally banning the
reproductive cloning of human beings and at establishing ethical barriers
against related research," said a joint statement from the U.N. missions of
the two countries, which delivered the letter to Annan on Tuesday.

The European neighbors are also embarking on diplomatic efforts to win
global support for their initiative, the statement said.

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to make all
human cloning illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $1
million in fines.

In Washington on Tuesday, researchers told a meeting of scientists they
would try to clone human beings soon despite widespread ethical objections
and arguments that it is medically risky.

"The cloning plans are inhuman and irresponsible," Germany's research
minister, Edelgard Bulmahn, said in an interview with the Berliner Zeitung
daily being published Thursday.

"Freedom of research finds its borders where human dignity is affected," she
added, predicting that the chances of passing a worldwide ban are good.

Dan S

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