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Global Security Newswire

Deal Eludes Nuclear Treaty Conference Planners

May 12, 2014

Planners ended two weeks of talks without agreeing on guidance for the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review meeting, the Associated Press reports.

An insufficient amount of bargaining time was the primary culprit for the failure by diplomats to endorse a final text for advising participants in next year's NPT Review Conference, said Peruvian Ambassador Enrique Roman-Morey, chairman of the last Preparatory Committee session ahead of the May 2015 review meeting.

The Peruvian official said he would still sign his own name to guidelines developed at the two-week Preparatory Committee meeting in New York.

 

He added that the speed of efforts to dismantle existing atomic arsenals "is a problem." The 46-year-old nonproliferation treaty requires signatories in possession of atomic arsenals -- China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States -- to pursue "good faith" talks on nuclear disarmament.

Roman-Morey added that the rate of progress toward potential action to ban weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East "is also a very big issue." Nonproliferation treaty signatories called in 2010 for governments to examine the possibility in a specially organized gathering, but that meeting still has not taken place.

The new Preparatory Committee document calls for the conference to take place before the end of 2014. Roman-Morey said his own view is that the meeting will take place this year, and he noted a Russian diplomat's suggestion that it could be scheduled in December.

Finnish diplomat Jaakko Laajava, the meeting's facilitator, has taken part in a number of related discussions involving Israel, Iran and other Middle Eastern nations. Roman-Morey said Laajava and the conference organizers -- Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States -- would hold additional planning talks that would partly address possible focuses of the gathering.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

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