U.N. Disarmament Body Eyes Proposal for Working Group

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 15, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

The pres­id­ent of the Con­fer­ence on Dis­arm­a­ment on Tues­day asked mem­ber na­tions to re­flect on a June pro­pos­al that called for the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­form­al work­ing group to help break a long­stand­ing dead­lock over how to pro­ceed with the body’s activ­it­ies, United Na­tions Of­fice at Geneva said in a state­ment pos­ted to its web­site.

Am­bas­sad­or Mo­hammad Sabir Is­mail of Ir­aq said a de­cision on the cre­ation of the work­ing group will be sub­mit­ted at the next meet­ing on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to the web­site. The Con­fer­ence on Dis­arm­a­ment has been at log­ger­heads for years over its work plan, with Pakistan be­ing the lone na­tion ob­ject­ing to the launch of ne­go­ti­ations over a pro­posed Fis­sile Ma­ter­i­al Cut-off Treaty.

An an­nounce­ment was made at Tues­day’s plen­ary meet­ing that the 65 mem­ber na­tions had yet again failed to reach a con­sensus on a pro­posed draft pro­gram of work.

The cur­rent ses­sion, which opened in May, seeks to ad­vance the Con­fer­ence’s mul­ti­lat­er­al nuc­le­ar dis­arm­a­ment ef­forts. Be­fore the latest round, Pakistan blocked a work plan in Feb­ru­ary.

Is­mail stated that reach­ing con­sensus on an ex­haust­ive and bal­anced pro­gram of work was his pri­or­ity, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The pres­id­ent’s draft pro­gram of work was re­leased on Tues­day but the con­fer­ence was un­able to de­cide on cer­tain lan­guage in the draft, ac­cord­ing to the UN­OG webpage.

The last work­ing plan of the Con­fer­ence on Dis­arm­a­ment was ad­op­ted in 2009.