Vienna, 26 September 2005 Press release

Winkler: "IAEA of decisive importance for international security and stability"


State Secretary Winkler at the opening of the 49th IAEA General Conference in Vienna

Vienna, 26 September 2005 - "Through its role of verifying compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the IAEA bears a heavy responsibility for maintaining international security and stability," said State Secretary Hans Winkler, representing Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik at the opening of the 49th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Nuclear know-how and access to technology are becoming more available. The overwhelming majority of states comply with their treaty obligations, but there have also been alarming cases of non-compliance," continued Winkler. "Progress in non-proliferation will only be possible in the long term if there are tangible results in nuclear disarmament," added the State Secretary.

Winkler further stressed that the international community could succeed in combating nuclear terrorism only if there were appropriate control systems throughout the world.

An important aspect of the cooperation between Austria and the IAEA, the largest UN organisation in Vienna, was the increased efforts relating to non-nuclear power production. For that reason, Austria supports the phasing out of nuclear energy production internationally.