Summit leaders reaffirm commitment to suppression of nuclear terrorism

08:43, April 14, 2010      

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Leaders attending the Washington Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to the suppression of nuclear terrorism, vowing to work together to make relevant international convention more effective.

In a seven-page work plan, the participants said they recognized the importance of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism as an important legally binding multilateral instrument addressing threats posed by acts of nuclear terrorism.

The Convention, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly without a vote in April 2005, is mainly designed to prevent and suppress nuclear terrorism.

The work plan, released at the end of the two-day summit together with a communique, said participating state parties to the Convention will work together to achieve universality of the Convention as soon as possible.

The plan said participating states parties to the Convention will also assist states, as appropriate and upon their request, to implement the Convention, and encourage discussions among states parties to consider measures to ensure its effective implementation.

Leaders or representatives from 47 nations as well as the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union took part in the summit, the first of its kind to deal with the security issues of nuclear material.

The work plan expresses supports in the communique of the summit held in downtown Washington D.C. It constitutes a political commitment by the participating states to carry out, on a voluntary basis, applicable portions of this work plan, consistent with respective national laws and international obligations.



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