Vienna, 29 May 2010 – “The 2010 disarmament conference is a success: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has been confirmed as a key instrument of global security policy. The goal of a world without nuclear weapons has been unconditionally recognised by all parties to the Treaty,” stated Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger in a positive comment on the result of the lengthy negotiations of the UN Review Conference of the States parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). “Negotiations were difficult. It goes without saying that numerous further endeavours will be required before the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons will become reality,” said the Minister.
The major result of this year’s disarmament conference is an agreement on a process which aims to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone, as well as the adoption of an action plan for nuclear disarmament.
“The fact that a nuclear disarmament action plan containing concrete measures was adopted for the first time is important for our future disarmament efforts. This action plan will act as a guide and indicator as to whether things are moving forward in the field of nuclear disarmament,” emphasised Spindelegger, pointing out that this plan is based on an Austrian draft. “Austria’s commitment to disarmament also became clearly manifest at this conference. The document now adopted has been brought about with strong Austrian support,” continued the Foreign Minister.
At the UN Review Conference of the States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which was held between 3 and 28 May in New York, Austria was represented by Ambassador Alexander Marschik, the man who had elaborated the first draft of the action plan for nuclear disarmament, and acted as a Vice-President and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. The Conference was attended by the representatives of 189 states, including foreign ministers such as Austria’s Michael Spindelegger, who had clearly expressed Austria’s concerns at the initial meeting.
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