Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have the honour to take the floor on behalf of the European Union countries.
First of all, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Ambassador Piet de Klerk, the outgoing chair of the UNDC, for his tireless efforts during the last session.
We wish to sincerely congratulate the newly elected Chairperson Ambassador Andrzej Towpik. We are convinced that under your wise leadership the work of the UNDC will advance. We take this opportunity to assure you of the full support of the EU countries. The EU looks forward to working closely with you to achieve a successful outcome to our proceedings.
We congratulate the elected Vice-chairman (chairmen) and Rapporteur and wish them full success in their endeavours.
The EU is committed to the development of an effective multilateral system of disarmament and security. The EU wants international organizations, regimes and treaties to play to the fullest extent their role in confronting threats to international peace and security, and every effort to be made to ensure full compliance with the obligations under international disarmament and non-proliferation treaties.
It is our responsibility to seize all occasions and opportunities to strengthen the disarmament machinery and to tackle the challenges and emerging threats. During the last substantive session of the UNDC, the EU has played a constructive role and supported, until the very last moment, efforts to build a consensus.
Similarly, the EU is willing to take an active part in the process that starts today in the framework of broader efforts to tackle non-proliferation and disarmament issues. We support the Chairs proposal to start the consultations concerning the agenda of the forthcoming meetings.
In conclusion we wish you, Mr. Chairman, every success in your future work and we would like to reiterate to you the full support of the EU countries.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.