[Disarmament] Conference on Disarmament, Amb. Strohal as president of the CD
Ambassador Christian Strohal
President of the Conference on Disarmament
Conference on Disarmament
Geneva, 31 August 2009
Time is running out for this year’s session of the CD. The window of opportunity to achieve a consensual approach on how to implement CD/1864 is closing – and in all seriousness it is closing today. This plenary has been scheduled to allow us to make the appropriate decision.
If we still were to embark on a meaningful implementation of our Programme of Work, we would need to take a decision now.
Since the 29th May, the P-6 have carried out almost endless discussions and consultations with all interested partners over the course of the last three months; and I want to take this opportunity to salute, once more, Ambassador Jazairy of Algeria for his achievement. In addition, we have held since 29 May, of course, 16 Plenary Sessions.
During the last days, we have continued these intensive efforts in order to enable us to move forward towards implementation of our mandate and not only agree on a programme of work but finally start with our work. I have carried out numerous talks with a broad range of delegations, including two presidential consultations open to all interested delegations, and together we have left no stone unturned to reach a common approach. This has led, last Thursday, to doc. CD/1870/Rev. 2. I sincerely want to thank all those who have participated in these efforts to bring about consensus.
Against this background it is with serious regret that I have to inform the Conference that consensus on the modalities for the implementation of CD/1864 still eludes us.
Given the lack of time, I had to reach the conclusion that the Conference is now best served by moving on to the remaining tasks the CD has to tackle this year.
It is my intention to prepare a first draft of the Conference’s report and to make it available to all member States by mid next week in line with Rule 44 of the Rules of Procedure. I do hope that the Conference will be able to adopt the report at the latest by Thursday, September 17.
In concluding, I would like to remind colleagues that the Austrian Foreign Minister, Dr. Michael Spindelegger, will address the CD at its next plenary session on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m..
I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that Minister Spindelegger will also launch a new study which has been co-financed by Austria and Norway on Assisting Victims of Land-mines and Explosive Remnants of War. The launch will take place in this very room on Wednesday at 11.00 a.m. following the adjournment of the CD plenary. I would like to cordially invite you all to join us at the launch of this unique study, which addresses victim assistance from the viewpoint of those most affected – the victims themselves.
Another Plenary is planned for Thursday, in order to allow the Chairman-designate of the 1st Committee of the General Assembly, Ambassador Cancela, to address the Conference.
That concludes our business for today if no delegation wishes to take the floor.
This plenary meeting is adjourned.