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New York, 24 October 2012

President of the General Assembly addresses the members of the First Committee of the General Assembly

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, addressed today members of the First Committee of the General Assembly, dealing with Disarmament and International Security. He acknowledged and expressed his appreciation to the First Committee for its crucial role in advancing the disarmament and international security agenda.

Mr. Jeremić stated that when nations feel secure, they are much more likely to unclench their fists and give the process of peacefully settling disputes a genuine chance to succeed. Advancing the disarmament and international security agenda is in the best spirit of the aims of the founding fathers of the United Nations as it takes effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, in conformity with the principles of justice and international law.

He recognized important successes achieved in the recent past including the positive outcome of the first Preparatory Committee to the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the successful outcome of the Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons. He also welcomed the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty by Indonesia, Guinea, Ghana and Guatemala. The President urged remaining States to ratify the Treaty as soon as possible and to end nuclear testing for all time.

The President expressed his disappointment with regard to the efforts made during the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty and the ongoing disputes on nuclear programs. Another key area in which progress has not been achieved is the revitalization of the disarmament machinery, including the Conference on Disarmament.

The President encouraged delegations to strengthen their efforts and be more flexible in order to better cooperate on crucial issues and to advance the agenda on disarmament and international security, including nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the establishment of common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms, and compliance with non-proliferation, arms limitation and disarmament agreements.


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