Sumario: May 20, 2005: STATEMENT AT THE SUBSIDIARY BODY OF THE MAIN COMMITTEE II OF THE 2005 REVIEW CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE TREATY ON THE NON-PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS BY MR. PAUL KAYSER, AMBASSADOR, ON BEHALF OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (New York)
I congratulate you on your nomination for this very important post at the subsidiary body of Main Committee II. You have our full support.
I have the honour to take the floor on behalf of the European Union. The acceding countries Bulgaria and Romania, the candidate countries Croatia* and Turkey, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Norway, member of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this declaration.
I would like to draw the attention of all NPT State Parties to the importance the European Union attaches in the framework of non-proliferation to the issues related to the DPRK, Iran, Libya, South Asia, to the establishment in the Middle-East of a nuclear weapon free zone, as well as free of other Weapons of Mass Destruction and their means of delivery, to the security in the Mediterranean and to nuclear weapon free zones.
In this regard the EU Common Position of the Council of ministers calls upon our Conference:
"To appeal on all States in the region to make the Middle East into an effectively verifiable zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, in keeping with the Resolution on the Middle East adopted at the 1995 Review and Extension Conference;
To call on all States not party to the NPT to pledge commitments to non-proliferation and disarmament and calling on those States to become States Parties to the NPT as non nuclear weapon States".
The EU has recalled the importance it attaches to these issues in the EU Strategy against the proliferation of WMD, in the Common Position of the Council of ministers relating to the 2005 NPT Review Conference, as well as in the statements relating to regional issues which the EU has presented during this Conference in the General Debate and in Main Committee II.
This statement will be distributed in written form.
Thank you Mr Chairman.
* Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.