Internationally recognized nuclear-weapon-free zones reinforces nuclear non-proliferation regime: Sri Lanka

09:35, May 07, 2010      

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Sri Lanka said here Thursday that the establishment of internationally recognized nuclear- weapon-free zones strengthens world peace and reinforces the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

This statement came as Palitha T.B. Kohona, Sri Lanka's ambassador to the United Nations, was addressing the conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which entered its fourth day here Thursday.

"My delegation is convinced that the establishment of internationally recognized nuclear weapon free zones on the basis of agreements entered into freely among the states of the zone concerned, strengthens world and regional peace and security," Kohona said.

He added that this helps reinforce the nuclear non- proliferation regime which then contributes to the achievement of nuclear disarmament.

"Sri Lanka believes that there is a need to have an institutional mechanism with a standing bureau to guide the NPT process," Kohona urged.

Kohona emphasized that in particular for nuclear weapon states, they need to "recognize that we can aspire to and realize a holistic concept of security only if there is a serious commitment to and practical steps towards eventual nuclear disarmament while pursuing nuclear non-proliferation measures."

He said that the 2010 Review Conference can only be successful if "we adopt decisions that are duly implemented."

Source: Xinhua


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