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Sipri Labels its 50th Anniversary a Year of Reflection
   2016-02-23 20:11:54    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Shaotong

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf spoke highly of the SIPRI's research results at the organizations's 50th anniversary celebration in Stockholm on Feb. 22, 2016. [Photo:CRIENGLISH.com/Chen Xuefei]

The Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf has said that the research by SIPRI is of high quality and read by politicians, diplomats, journalists and researchers all over the world.

"The institute's data of nuclear weapons has helped generations of diplomats in negotiation on disarmement. And as a result the number of nuclear weapon is indeed lower today."

SIPRI was founded by the Swedish Parliament in 1966. Urban Ahlin, Speaker of the Parliament said that SIPRI has achieved what the parliament wanted it to achieve.

"The work of SIPRI and what you have done have benefitted Sweden and the peace in a better way than in a momument of stone. SIPRI is an important actor within its field. Facts, analysis enjoy international recognition. Independence has been of importance ever since the foundation of SIPRI aiming at objectivity not possible to put into question. SIPRI works for disarmament by arming us with knowledge."

Margot Wallstrom, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs also voiced strong support for SIPRI.

"I believe in the old saying, If you want peace, prepare for war. What I want to say is this, we must invest in peace, we must invest in research in a solid knowledge base. That can work at a starting point for negotiations. And of course, SIPRI's research is essential to increasing global knowledge, about peace conflict management, and international security including non-proliferation and arms control.  "

Dan Smith, newly recruited director of SIPRI said at the celebration that SIPRI has set up 2016 as a year of reflection.

"A place like SIPRI is offering policy makers and decision makers it is also offering the media  and inform the public a chance to pause for thought, and sometimes I look at political discourse in different countries around the world. And I just think why don't you just have pause for thought, there is actually an opportunity to do that, And someone like SIPRI is providing that opportunity, that's why we labeled our 50th anniversity a year of reflection. "

Despite of being funded by the parliament, SIPRI has always upheld the position that it is an independent research institute focusing on international security, arms control, and disarmament.

Its latest report says the volume of international transfers of major weapons, including sales and donations, was 14 percent higher in 2011-2015 than over the five previous years, with the US and Russia doing most of the exporting.

For CRI, this is Chen Xuefei reporting from Stockholm.

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