NPT Upholds Disarmament Principles

Brussels – The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference on Friday adopted a declaration upholding principles of disarmament and calling for an international conference in 2012 to establish a nuclear-weapon-free Middle East.

EU’s top diplomat said that the NPT decision was an indication that those principles are “alive and supported by all.”

North Korea will likewise be addressed in the final declaration, which was decided upon by 189 NPT parties. NPT calls on that country to return to negotiations to settle the dispute over its nuclear activities.

The 28-page declaration was adopted by consensus, closing a month of debate that began on May 3. It contains a 22-point action plan.

“I warmly welcome the consensus reached by the NPT Review Conference,” said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. “This shows that the multilateral non-proliferation and disarmament regime is alive and supported by all.

“It also shows that all states party are committed not only to uphold, but also to strengthen it in order to meet all the existing challenges.”