Columbia calls for disarmament, pushes for 13 steps (2)

08:21, May 06, 2010      

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"Hoping to prevent the production of new nuclear weapons and the improvement of the currently existing ones, as well as liberating the planet from the consequences of radiation, we insist also in thee necessity of achieving a comprehensive ban of all nuclear tests," she added.

As many NPT-members have been doing over the past three days, Blum endorsed the role of the UN atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as a verifier and guarantor that nuclear programs are only and exclusively peaceful in nature.

"Nevertheless," she said, "the Agency cannot carry out this role if it does not have the necessary legal tools. Therefore, we urge states that have not yet done so, to sign and ratify the Safeguards Agreements and Additional Protocols."

Blum reiterated her country's commitment to the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which created a nuclear-weapons free zone in Latin America and the Caribbean. Columbia joined the Treaty the day it opened for signatures on Feb. 14, 1967.


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