Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty
New York, 17 December 2002

Expectations in the disarmament community are mounting as progress continues toward the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free-zone in Central Asia (CANWFZ). On 17 December, DDA’s Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific sponsored consultations on the language of the draft treaty text (agreed in Samarkand on 27 September 2002) with governmental experts from the five Central Asian States (C5) and the five nuclear weapon States (P5). While supporting the initiative to establish the CANWFZ, the P5 experts made comments and sought clarifications on aspects of the draft text and agreed to present their concerns to the C5 by January 2003.

Once these concerns are addressed, the C5 are hopeful that the treaty will be signed in April 2003.