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Minister Flanagan to address the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York

Disarmament, Minister Charles Flanagan, United Nations, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2015

 

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, will tomorrow (Monday 27 April) deliver Ireland’s statement at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the United Nations in New York.

The NPT Review Conference is the primary forum for discussion of all issues related to nuclear weapons, including disarmament and non-proliferation.

Speaking ahead of his departure, Minister Flanagan said:

“The risks and geopolitical tensions present in the world today make it very clear just how essential it is that we achieve progress in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, now rather than later.

“Some 17,000 nuclear weapons still exist in the world today and research has shown that the risks of a nuclear weapon detonation are much greater than we realised and that the world’s capacity to respond to such a catastrophe is hopelessly inadequate.

“Ireland has been deeply involved with the issue of nuclear disarmament since it joined the UN 60 years ago and it remains a core part of Ireland’s foreign policy.

“There needs to be concrete progress on nuclear disarmament and Ireland will continue to strive for the achievement of a world without nuclear weapons.”

ENDS
Press Office
27 April 2015

Notes to editors:

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is the primary international mechanism for controlling the spread of nuclear weapons, and contains the only multilateral commitment to nuclear disarmament in the text of a treaty by the five nuclear weapon states – US, UK, France, Russia and China.
•The Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT is held every five years, with all States Parties to the NPT invited to discuss the implementation of the Treaty. The ninth NPT Review Conference will take place in New York from 27 April to 22 May 2015. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan will deliver Ireland’s statement to the Review Conference on Monday 27 April.
•The NPT has near-universal membership, with only the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Israel, Pakistan, and South Sudan not acceding to the treaty. With this wide membership, the Review Conference is the primary forum for discussion of all issues related to nuclear weapons and technology, including disarmament, non-proliferation, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons free zones (NWFZ), NPT compliance, and possible changes to the NPT.
•Ireland is committed to safeguarding the NPT and achieving a successful outcome to this year’s Review Conference and we will be engaging constructively in order to achieve this goal. Ireland’s primary aims for this RevCon are:
◦To secure progress across all three pillars of the NPT (disarmament, non-proliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy) at the Review Conference,
◦To support efforts to highlight at the Review Conference the findings of the previous three Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo (2013), Nayarit, Mexico (February 2014) and in Vienna (December 2014).
◦To argue for discussions to commence at the earliest possible date to identify and pursue “effective measures” required by Article VI of the NPT and on legal pathways to disarmament – starting with discussions in Main Committee I of the NPT Review Conference.