Deal Eludes Nuclear Treaty Conference Planners

Global Security Newswire Staff
May 12, 2014, 8:24 a.m.

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.

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