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1. I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The Acceding country Croatia*, the candidate countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro* and Serbia*, the countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.
2. First, allow me once again to congratulate you on your election as Chairman of the 2013 session of the United Nations Disarmament Commission as well as all members of the Bureau. The EU looks forward to working closely with you to achieve a successful outcome of our session.
3. We look forward to continued discussion on recommendations for achieving the objective of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear-weapons; and on practical confidence-building measures in the field of conventional weapons.
4. The Treaty on the Non–proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and the essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament in accordance with Article VI of the NPT. Reinforcing the non-proliferation regime should be a key priority for all States. Non-compliance with the Treaty’s provisions by states party to the Treaty, undermines non-proliferation and disarmament efforts. Furthermore, we call once again on those States not yet Party to the NPT to join the Treaty as Non Nuclear Weapons States and, pending their accession to the NPT, to adhere to its terms and pledge commitments to non-proliferation and disarmament.
5. States should pursue the early entry into force and universalisation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Equally important is the immediate launch of negotiations on a Treaty Banning the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices at the Conference on Disarmament, in the absence of which all concerned States that have not yet done so should declare and uphold an immediate moratorium on the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.
6. To address the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction the States should be guided by, i.a.:
- conviction that a multilateralist approach to security, including disarmament and non-proliferation, provides the best way to maintain international order;
- commitment to uphold, implement and strengthen the multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation treaties and agreements;
- support to the multilateral institutions charged respectively with verification and upholding of compliance with these treaties;
- commitment to strong national and internationally-coordinated export controls.
At the same time, the root causes of instability should also be addressed.
7. With regard to conventional weapons, last year has seen some important developments. At the end of last summer we had the Review Conference on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons. We warmly welcome the successful outcome of the Review Conference. At the same time, we regret that the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty did not manage last month to finalize negotiations on this new international instrument, aiming at making trade in conventional arms more responsible and transparent. There is great momentum to be seized to conclude the elaboration of an ATT and swift action should be taken to this end.
8. There are several types of practical confidence building measures in the field of conventional weapons. The EU has prepared a working paper outlining our thoughts on the measures and we look forward to sharing these views in the weeks to come.
9. The EU would like to reiterate its willingness to continue engaging in a constructive manner to facilitate consensus agreements in order to advance the work of the Commission. We will do our best for the working group discussions to be focused and in-depth and encourage other delegations to do the same. We look forward the discussions in the two working groups to bring about concrete and comprehensive recommendations.
10. In conclusion we would like to wish you, Mr. Chairman, every success in your future work and reiterate to you the full support of the European Union.
I thank you.
* Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.