New York, 27 October 2010 Press release

Spindelegger: "Vienna Centre for Nuclear Disarmament as a mouthpiece of civil society"

The renowned James Martin Centre is to take charge of the Centre for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Vienna

New York, 27 October 2010 – “Headed by the renowned James Martin Centre for Non-proliferation Studies (CNS), the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation offers ideal prerequisites for rendering civil society with a strong voice in the field of disarmament as well as ensuring its pro-active participation in international dialogue with governments and international organisations,” stated Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger in his initial response to the news that the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation would be headed by the CNS.

The establishment of this Vienna-based security policy think tank also strengthens Austria’s role as a hub of international dialogue. “We are delighted to co-operate with the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in establishing the Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Austria’s capital. I am convinced that this centre will soon be seen as a key venue for the most advanced research and training initiatives in the nuclear field,” affirmed William Potter, Director of the James Martin Centre.

Foreign Minister Spindelegger had announced the creation of a Vienna-based nuclear think tank as early as May. The James Martin Centre for Non-proliferation Studies – CNS - was selected from a multitude of applicants to take over the management of the new Centre. The CNS is pro-actively committed to combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, making a major contribution through the training of non-proliferation specialists and the dissemination of timely information and analysis. The Institute, which is based in Monterey, is the largest US NGO involved in research and training in areas such as non-proliferation and disarmament issues.

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