Chile urges consensus at NPT Review Conference

09:44, May 07, 2010      

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Every country, no matter its size, must share the responsibility to work towards international peace and security, Chile's director of International Human Security, Alfredo Labbe, said here on Thursday at the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

"As state parties to the NPT, we all have the obligation to claim and exercise our share of responsibility for the success of this Review Conference, displaying flexibility and relevance of this instrument, which despite prophesies of doom is still the cornerstone of the system of collective security," Labbe said as the Review Conference entered its fourth day.

The Chilean director proposed a number of suggestions, including the "speedy commencement" of negotiations on the treaty to ban the production of fissile materials, which has been deadlocked for a number of years.

Also, the final document from the Review Conference should reaffirm the need for the speedy entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear explosions. Ratification in eight countries in Annex II of the NPT are needed before the CTBT can enter into force.

Labbe suggested that the International Atomic Energy Agency be equipped with additional mechanisms to carry out its task as the guarantor of compliance of the NPT and non-proliferation.

"We should strengthen the international safeguards system by achieving universal acceptance of the Additional Protocol," he said.

Also, members of the NPT should "forcefully proclaim" the practical importance of nuclear-weapon-free zones, as an intermediate stage towards a nuclear-weapon-free world, urging their expansion to the northern hemisphere.

Source: Xinhua


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