11 May 2010 - NATO PARLIAMENTARIANS ATTEND OPENING SESSION OF 2010 NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT) REVIEW CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
The future of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime depends, to a large extent, on the outcome of the NPT Review Conference, which is taking place in New York from 3 28 May. A delegation of ten members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee (STC), led by STC Chairman Michael Mates (United Kingdom) and Vice-Chairman Senator Pierre Claude Nolin (Canada), participated in the Opening Session of the Conference.
The meetings are expected to address key challenges facing the NPT, including strengthening the international safeguards system to curb nuclear proliferation, further steps to reduce existing nuclear arsenals, tackling cases of non-compliance, such as Iran’s nuclear programme, and promoting a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East. The NATO PA delegation had an opportunity to hear addresses by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano,
It is possible that this year’s Conference will not repeat the failure of the previous Review Conference in 2005, mainly due to progress in the area of nuclear disarmament, namely the conclusion of the new START Treaty and the publication of the new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review. However, deep disagreements still remain between some of the Non-Aligned Movement countries, which object to the introduction of more intrusive international verification measures, and official nuclear weapon States, which are being accused of disarming too slowly. It remains to be seen if a compromise among the members of the NPT will be found before the conclusion of the Review Conference.
The delegation also had briefings on
Group picture at NATO ACT HQ, Norfolk
NATO and NATO PA Observing the NPT Review Conference at the UN in New York