Monday, June 8, 2009

Conference on Disarmament adopts CD/1863 as its programme of work

Excerpt from Reaching Critical Will's website:

29 May 2009

Conference on Disarmament adopts a programme of work

On Friday, 29 May, the Conference on Disarmament (CD) adopted a programme of work for the first time in ten years. Before the decision was called, a few delegations spoke about the proposed programme of work, CD/1863, including Ukraine, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Morocco. The current president of the CD, Ambassador Jaza├»ry of Algeria, took the floor to see if there were any objections to its adoption—there were none, so the gavel came down and the room burst into applause. After the adoption, a great number of delegations delivered interventions, voicing their support for the programme of work. Two, India and Pakistan, elaborated their positions on negotiating a fissile materials treaty.

Brief highlights
  • The CD adopted CD/1863 as its programme of work.
  • Delegates from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Morocco said they would not block consensus on the proposed programme of work and Ukraine’s delegation voiced its support for CD/1863.
  • Iran’s delegation announced it had just now received instructions from capital.
  • After the programme was adopted, the delegations of India and Pakistan gave details on their positions on FMCT negotiations.
  • The delegations of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcomed the adoption of the programme.

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