Draft U.N.-Backed Confab Statement Urges Speedier Nuclear Disarmament

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Global Security Newswire Staff
May 8, 2014, 10:24 a.m.

A draft state­ment mark­ing the Fri­day end of a two-week non­pro­lif­er­a­tion con­fab urges atom­ic-weapons states to speed up their nuc­le­ar dis­arm­a­ment.

En­rique Ro­man-Morey, chair­man of the U.N. Dis­arm­a­ment Com­mis­sion, presen­ted the draft re­com­mend­a­tions on Wed­nes­day in New York at a Pre­par­at­ory Com­mit­tee meet­ing ahead of a Re­view Con­fer­ence next year on the status of the Nuc­le­ar Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty, Ky­odo News re­ports.

Con­sensus on the text among par­ti­cipants of the meet­ing this week and last is un­cer­tain, though, the news ser­vice quotes dip­lo­mats as say­ing.

The doc­u­ment calls on nuc­le­ar weapons states party to the NPT pact — the United States, China, France, Rus­sia and Bri­tain — to take “ac­cel­er­ated ac­tions” to­ward the elim­in­a­tion of their ar­sen­als in an “ir­re­vers­ible, trans­par­ent and veri­fi­able man­ner.”

Also men­tioned in the draft doc­u­ment is the goal of cre­at­ing a Middle East free of weapons of mass de­struc­tion. It notes “the dis­ap­point­ment” of NPT mem­bers about the post­pone­ment of a con­fer­ence on the is­sue ori­gin­ally planned for 2012. The pre­lim­in­ary doc­u­ment urges that the gath­er­ing be held “this year as soon as agree­ment is reached,” with buy-in from states of the re­gion and sup­port from the nuc­le­ar-weapon states.

Mean­while, the U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day urged gov­ern­ments to do more to keep nuc­le­ar, chem­ic­al and bio­lo­gic­al weapons out of the hands of ter­ror­ists. A state­ment re­leased at a Coun­cil meet­ing to mark the 10th an­niversary of the ad­op­tion of Res­ol­u­tion 1540 — which binds coun­tries to take cer­tain steps to­ward that end — calls on gov­ern­ments to “step up their ef­forts” and aim for full im­ple­ment­a­tion of the res­ol­u­tion by 2021.

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