Continuing CHAPTER I


Radiological weapons

Conference on Disarmament
Like the previous year, only a limited number of references were made to the issue of radiological weapons in the meetings of the Conference on Disarmament and many were indirect references in the context of the international efforts against terrorism with weapons of mass destruction. In that regard, Colombia emphasized the importance of holding a plenary session to address effective cooperation to prevent terrorists from obtaining such weapons.
Germany, a long-time promoter of the issue, again underscored the increased importance and urgency of addressing it, reflecting heightened security concerns following the events of 11 September.
The United States delegation drew attention to the appeal made by President Bush on 11 February 2004 to address what he considered the "greatest threat before humanity tDDAy" - the possibility of a "secret and sudden attack with chemical or biological or radiological weapons". It also reported on the "Global Threat Reduction Initiative" to which it would devote US $450 million. The initiative was designed to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear and radiological material that could be used to build a nuclear and radiological weapon.