Summary: 31 October 2014, New York – European Union General Statement before the vote on Cluster 7: Disarmament Machinery by Mr. András Kos, Minister Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union, at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly First Committee 22nd meeting
– As delivered –
I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia∗, Montenegro∗, Iceland+, Serbia∗and Albania∗, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine and the United States of America, align themselves with this statement.
I would like to make some observations regarding document A/C.1/69/L.51 entitled “Report of the Disarmament Commission”.
The European Union has always recognized the important role the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC) was designed to play as the main subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly on disarmament matters, established by the First Special Session devoted to Disarmament. It played an important role in the past, by adopting a number of guidelines and recommendations. Regrettably, since 1999 the UNDC was not able to fulfil its mandate properly and failed to agree on any recommendations.
The EU believes that our approach on the possible ways forward should be consistent with the decision 52/492, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1998. It provides some flexibility regarding the substantive agenda of the Disarmament Commission, in particular the possibility to include a third agenda item. This option seems to be worth exploring. An additional agenda item may create favourable conditions for overcoming the existing deadlock caused by artificial linkages between the results of proceedings in two Working Groups, as we witnessed during the last three-year cycle. It would also allow the UNDC to discuss new developments in the field of international security and multilateral disarmament.
Since this session will mark the beginning of a new three-year cycle, we sincerely hope that the UNDC will grasp this opportunity to agree on a more focused agenda. These agenda items are meant to provide further room for consensual UNDC recommendations that would allow the UNDC to again play the important role it was designed for. We are looking forward to working with other delegations to turning the upcoming three-year cycle into a productive one for the UNDC.
∗ The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
+ Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area.
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