Over 100 States review international treaty on Nuclear Weapons control, UN says

9 May 2003 –

The United Nations today said more than 100 States participated in a meeting to review and strengthen the international Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which concluded today in Geneva.

The second session of The Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT brought together representatives from countries around the world to discuss issues focussed on international security through disarmament and nuclear-free zones, according to a UN press release.

Discussions also considered the peaceful use of nuclear energy. In addition, time was allocated to regional issues including the resolution on the Middle East adopted by the 1995 Review Conference and reaffirmed in the final Document adopted at the 2002 Review Conference.

International organizations and representatives of 37 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also attended the open meetings of the session. One meeting was devoted to 11 presentations by NGOs.

The UN serves as the Secretariat for the NPT.

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