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

 

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