NPT Review Conference
15th Meeting* (PM)
REVIEW CONFERENCE ON NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY
BRIEFED BY PRESIDENT ON CONSULTATIONS
Also Completes Election of Bureau
Meeting formally for the first time since the consensus adoption of its agenda on 11 May, the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) today completed the election of its Bureau and apprised States parties of the status of consultations.
Describing consultations with the regional groups on the allocation of substantive items to the three Main Committees and on the establishment of subsidiary bodies, Conference President Sergio de Queiroz
( Duarte ) said the talks had so far not produced the expected results. He understood perfectly that the current situation could not continue indefinitely. (For details of the agenda, please see documents NPT/CONF.2005/30 and 31). Brazil
Thanking the President for his efforts to “unblock” the situation, the representative of the
said he was “a little worried” about the situation, given that there were just 10 more days left to the Conference. Furthermore, the current working methods had not allowed his delegation to participate in the general committee. He asked the President to take some remedial action towards transparency in the course of his work. Russian Federation
Replying that he shared the delegate’s preoccupation, Mr. Duarte explained that he had been trying to resolve the procedural issues through the regional groups, including the Eastern European Group, and the chairs of the three Main Committees. He thought he should give that one more chance, as a regional group was meeting this afternoon, immediately following the plenary.
Perhaps the issue could be revisited tomorrow, he suggested. The Iraqi delegation had asked to address the Conference in a plenary meeting. He, therefore, would schedule that meeting for tomorrow at He also informed States parties that the Credentials Committee would hold its first meeting tomorrow, also at , in Conference Room 6.
Following a request by the Australian delegation to table a working paper prepared ahead of the Conference in
, the President said that the delegate, along with any others, could avail himself of that opportunity tomorrow. He would schedule additional meetings for that purpose, if requested, as long as was necessary. He added that 38 official documents had been circulated, and there were 37 working papers. Vienna
Elected to the post of Vice-President of the Conference were
and Egypt . The new Vice-Chairmen of the Main Committees were: Josef Vitek ( Uganda ), Main Committee I; Saja S. Mjali ( Czech Republic ), Main Committee II; and Sylvester Ekundayo Rowe ( Jordan ), Main Committee III. Abdel Ibrahim ( Sierra Leone ) was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Drafting Committee. Egypt
The Review Conference will meet at Tuesday, 17 May, to continue its work.
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* The 14th Meeting was covered in Press Release DC/2963 of 11 May.