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United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination - Press conference

Published Monday March 27 2017

New York, 27 March 2017

 

Today, the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations, attended a press conference organized by the United States Mission to the United Nations, which coincided with the start of the United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

In this context, Luxembourg reaffirms its commitment to working towards creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons. We support practical and realistic efforts to move towards this goal we share with all Member States at the United Nations: a world free of nuclear weapons.

Luxembourg is a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The NPT is the cornerstone of international efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to eliminate them, in accordance with article VI of the Treaty. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of nuclear disarmament by the Nuclear Weapon States. It provides a credible, step-by-step process to achieve nuclear disarmament in a way that promotes international stability.

Luxembourg reiterates its call on the nuclear weapons States to reinvigorate their efforts towards reducing their nuclear weapons arsenals with a view to ultimately eliminating them entirely.

We do not support steps that could weaken the NPT and impact negatively on the NPT review process, making a consensus outcome in 2020 all the more difficult.

The NPT enjoys almost universal support. The proposed treaty banning nuclear weapons would fall far short in that respect, given the lack of support of the nuclear weapon States and a large number of other Member States with specific security interests.

At this stage we will therefore not take part in the United Nations Conference starting today.

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