STATEMENT BY H.E.
REPRESENTATIVE OF MONGOLIA
TO THE UNITED
AT THE GENERAL
OF THE FIRST COMMITTEE,
New York, 10 October 2007
At the outset allow me to
you on your assumption of the Chairmanship of this committee. I am
that under your skillful leadership our work this year will be crowned
success. I take this opportunity to assure you of my delegation‚€™s full
and cooperation in discharge of your important duties.
Mongolia aligns itself fully with
made by the distinguished Ambassador of Indonesia on behalf of the
Movement. I therefore will be brief and limit myself to a few
our national perspective.
Last year, a general sense of
to prevail among Member States over the situation in multilateral
and international security fields. My delegation is heartened to see
more optimistic mood is setting the tone for our deliberations this
several previous speakers welcomed, albeit in some cases modestly,
that have taken place in multilateral disarmament and arms control
this committee last met. Examples were given such as the successful
Conference, first session of the 2010 NPT Review Conference Preparatory
Committee, and promising dynamics within the Conference on Disarmament
give hope that this sole multilateral disarmament negotiating body will
be able to overcome its impasse and start substantive work. My
shares this sentiment of cautious optimism.
The NPT continues to be the cornerstone
of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. We must build on the ‚€œmodest‚€Ě
of the first session of the Preparatory Committee held in Vienna earlier
this year and ensure the
successful outcome of the next Review Conference.
Nuclear disarmament continues to be the
NPT pillar that is afforded highest priority by the majority of Member
and my delegation is no exception. Having said that, in today‚€™s
security environment one would be amiss to neglect the WMD
and efforts aimed at countering them.
Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) is
a meaningful step towards curbing the WMD proliferation. Mongolia
the UNSCR 1540 as critical to achieving the objective of eliminating
that non-State actors may acquire, develop, traffic in or use WMDs. The
resolution also provides a solid basis for improving national control
facilities with the assistance offered under it. My country having
status of its implementation of the resolution 1540 has developed a
on Strengthening Technical Capabilities for Export and Import Controls
Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials in Mongolia.
This 3-year project aims at
establishing effective export and import controls over nuclear and
radioactive materials at Mongolia‚€™s
fixed ports of entry by enhancing the technical capability of border
agencies through provision of
sensitive detection equipment.
As such, the project will serve to implement the
relevant provisions of the UNSCR 1540. I take this opportunity to
sincere gratitude of my Government to the Government of the United States of America
for its pledge of assistance in implementation of this project.
Mongolia continues to place priority importance to
entry into-force and universality of the Comprehensive-Test-Ban Treaty,
of negotiations on a legally-binding instrument on negative security
to the non-nuclear weapon states parties to the NPT and the Fissile
Mongolia views that outer space, being the common
the humankind, should be explored and used solely for peaceful purposes
benefit of all nations. We support initiatives aimed at preventing an
in outer space and threat or use of force against space objects through
adopting a relevant legally-binding instrument.
Mongolia firmly believes that diplomacy is the
only way to
resolve the ongoing crisis over the scope and nature of Iran‚€™s
to accord its fullest possible cooperation to the IAEA and implement
relevant Security Council resolutions.
As a Northeast Asian nation, Mongolia
particular significance to strengthening peace and security in this
My Government has consistently supported the multilateral efforts aimed
resolving the issue of denuclearization of the Korean
Peninsula and follows closely
Six-Party Talks, latest round of which took place in Beijing last
month. We welcome the progress
made so far. It is now imperative to maintain this positive momentum.
On its part, Mongolia
has strived to contribute to the advancement of the Six-Party Talks and
end hosted in Ulaanbaatar a bilateral
group session on the normalization of relations between Japan
and the DPRK
on 4-5 September this year. We stand ready to continue our efforts and
meetings of this and other working groups in the future.
The Government of Mongolia warmly welcomes
success of the second summit meeting between the Democratic People‚€™s Republic of Korea
and the Republic of Korea earlier this month in Pyongyang. It is
our sincere hope that the measures included in the
Declaration for Development of North-South
Relations and Peace and Prosperity shall make an important
advancing the inter-Korean political dialogue, economic and other
as well as to strengthening peace and security on the Korean
Peninsula and in all of Northeast Asia.
Against the backdrop of promising
in the sub-region, Mongolia
is optimistic that its early call for a multilateral security
mechanism in Northeast Asia would
for support in the sub-region and beyond.
The period of time since this committee
last met has
also been marked by high-profile anniversaries of various multilateral
disarmament instruments such as the 10th anniversary of the
Convention and 10th anniversary of the entry into force of
Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Mongolia supports the goals and objectives of the
Convention. We however have not yet acceded to the Landmine Ban Treaty
for a step-by-step approach instead. As a result of this policy
legislation has recently been amended in order to declassify the
regarding antipersonnel mines. Subsequently, the Government of Mongolia
its first voluntary report under Article VII of the Convention.
For my delegation, this year marks the 15th
anniversary of Mongolia‚€™s
It was in October 1992, that the first
Mongolia, H.E. Mr. Ochirbat, declared the territory of Mongolia
as a nuclear-weapon-free zone in this very building. In his address, he
out that ‚€œ‚€¶ in order to contribute to disarmament and trust in the
the world over, Mongolia declares its territory a nuclear-weapon-free
will work for having it internationally guaranteed.‚€Ě
In coming up with this initiative,
Mongolia was led
by its long-standing principled position in favour of attaining the
complete and general disarmament, affording highest priority to nuclear
disarmament, and support for
establishment of NWFZs in all regions of the world.
The proposed nuclear-weapon-free zone was
to be established due to the geographical location Mongolia,
as it does not have
common borders with any non-nuclear state. Nevertheless, such unique
geopolitical situation allowed us to work out, in cooperation with our
partners, a truly pioneering concept of Mongolia‚€™s
status ‚€“an internationally recognized status that has taken firm roots
tapestry of the global non-proliferation regime.
Mongolia has worked strenuously to
nuclear-weapon-free status, with a view to achieving not only an
internationally recognized but also a legally binding NWFS. My
now resuming its consultations with Mongolia‚€™s
two immediate neighbors - the People‚€™s Republic of China
and the Russian
- on conclusion of a relevant trilateral treaty.
Last but not least, I would
warmly welcome Ambassador Sergio de Queiroz Duarte in his new capacity as High
Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Ambassador Duarte‚€™s rich
expertise in disarmament issues, and personal involvement and
commitment of the
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to revitalizing the international
agenda, bode well for the future of our efforts.
Thank you very much.