Check against delivery
by H.E. Ambassador Ch.Baatar,
Deputy Head of Mongolian Delegation to the 63rd
session of the UNGA
draft resolution on
International Security and Nuclear Weapon-Free
October 28, 2008
I have the honor to introduce a draft biennial
resolution entitled “Mongolia’s
international security and nuclear-weapon-free status, contained in document
A/C.1/63/L.28, on behalf of co-sponsors Kazakhstan,
Morocco and the United States of America.
marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the first General
Assembly resolution on Mongolia’s
International Security and Nuclear Weapon-Free Status.
Subsequent General Assembly
resolutions 55/33 S, 57/67, 59/73 and 61/87 and various activities undertaken
by the Government of Mongolia in cooperation with the international community
to implement them have contributed to enhancing stability and
confidence-building in the region and to further promoting Mongolia’s security.
its declaration in 1992 Mongolia’s
NWFS has also become an essential element of the global non-proliferation
regime. The Secretary-General concluded in his report A/63/122 that in past
decade Mongolia’s nuclear-weapon-free status is consolidated
and institutionalized and is gaining wider recognition.
progress has been made in consolidation
NWFS since the adoption of the last UNGA resolution under the same title –
was supported and reflected in a number of bilateral
documents such as in
the Moscow Declaration of 8 December
2006 and Mongolian-Russian Joint Communiqué of 13 April 2008, as well as in
multialteral documents, including the Havana Document of 14th NAM Summit of
2006 and Tehran Document of 15th NAM Ministerial Conference of 2008.
Government continues to work to institutionalize Mongolia’s
status with a view to conclude a trilateral treaty with Russia and China. Following up its initial
contacts in 2002 we have prepared the draft treaty in 2007 and presented it to
the Russian and Chinese sides. I would like to thank the Russian and Chinese
delegation for having open and sincere discussions on the margins of this Committee
and for their willingness to move forward in near future.
decision of the first NWFZ conference held in 2005 in Mexico, Mongolia has established its
national focal point to deal with NWFZ-related issues and contacted with focal
points of other NWFZ treaty agencies. In order to contribute to the
preparations for the second conference of NWFZ, Mongolia
is planning to host a focal points meeting in Ulaanbaatar on 27 and 28 April 2009.
We are also continuing
to promote awareness regarding NWFS nationally and internationally. The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia organized earlier this year a round-table
discussion on Mongolia’s
nuclear-weapon-free status and related issues. Mongolia
submitted a working paper on nuclear-weapon-free zones
(NPT/CONF.2010/PC.II/WP.1) to the second session of the Preparatory Committee
for the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons, held in Geneva
from 28 April to 9 May 2008. Moreover, Mongolia submitted a document
entitled “Memorandum of the Government of Mongolia on promoting the country’s
international security and nuclear-weapon-free status”(A/63/73-S/2008/297)
for circulation as a document of the General Assembly and of the Security
Council. We believe that this document would prove useful in considering the
draft resolution on Mongolia’s
The draft resolution contained in document A/C.1/63/L.28 before you is
essentially a procedural one and includes some technical updates. It takes note
the report of Secretary-General, and expresses appreciation to the SG for the efforts
to implement resolution 61/87. As in the previous resolution, it endorses and
good-neighborly relations with its neighbors; and invites Member States to
continue to cooperate with Mongolia
on implementation of the provisions of the resolution.
The draft resolution has been subject to careful
examination by interested delegations and enjoys wide support. My delegation,
therefore, hopes that the Committee will agree, as before, to adopt the draft
resolution without a vote.