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24 SEPTEMBER 2009
RP WANTS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO SUSTAIN
MOMENTUM TOWARDS NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
NEW YORK—The Philippines today called on the international community to sustain the momentum as it threw its full support to an unprecedented United Nations Security Council resolution that called on all Member States to unite and work for a nuclear-weapons-free world.
“We must sustain the momentum by working together and renewing our efforts to make our world a safer place for us and the succeeding generations,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo said at the end of a historic Security Council summit that was presided over by United States President Barack Obama.
The summit, which took place four years after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presided over a similar summit, was only the fifth such high-level meeting in the history of the United Nations and the first such meeting of the Security Council that touched on the issue of disarmament and non-proliferation.
Thirteen other world leaders, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, participated in Thursday’s summit which was attended by Secretary Romulo and Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
“The Philippines is one with the rest of the world in efforts to achieve disarmament and non-proliferation,” Secretary Romulo said after the meeting that unanimously adopted Resolution 1887 that called on Member States to renew efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote disarmament and reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism.
“This move by the Security Council, under the presidency of the United States, gives a much-needed boost to our collective desire to see a world safe from nuclear weapons,” Secretary Romulo said of the resolution that also called on Member States to, among others, accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); to refrain from conducting nuclear test explosions; and to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said the adoption of the resolution and other recent developments, including President Obama’s declared commitment to help achieve a world without nuclear weapons, have set a positive tone to the NPT Review Conference that the Philippines will steer next year.
The Philippine Mission said these developments would allow Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, the 2010 NPT Review Conference president, to effectively lead negotiations that would push the stalled international disarmament and nonproliferation agenda forward.
President Obama said the Security Council resolution reflects the nuclear agenda he outlined in a speech he delivered in Prague where he called for the reduction of US and Russian nuclear arsenals; the adoption of the treaty banning all nuclear tests; and the establishment of an international fuel bank to better safeguard nuclear material.
"The historic resolution we just adopted enshrines our shared commitment to a goal of a world without nuclear weapons and it brings Security Council agreement on a broad framework for action to reduce nuclear dangers as we work toward that goal," President Obama said after the vote by the 15-member body. ###
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