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NYPM 011-2010

8 APRIL 2010



NEW YORK—The signing in Prague today of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the United States and Russia is expected to give impetus to the negotiations on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York next month, the president-elect of the review conference said. In a statement, Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, President-elect of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, joined United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in welcoming the signing by President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev of what is also known as the Treaty on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms and expressed the hope that this will contribute to a favorable outcome of next month’s negotiations.Ambassador Cabactulan, said he was counting on the goodwill brought about by the signing of the New START Treaty in convincing the 189 state-parties to the NPT to move forward with the nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation agenda that has been stalled for the past 10 years.  “The signing of the new START Treaty will definitely have a positive impact on the atmospherics of the negotiations in May,” said the Filipino disarmament expert who was recently named by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations. “We hope to sustain this momentum to ensure a positive outcome of the 2010 Review Conference.”Secretary-General Ban earlier hailed the signing of the New START Treaty and said this was a "milestone in the international efforts to advance nuclear disarmament and to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons." The START Treaty, described to be the biggest nuclear arms pact in a generation, binds the United States and Russia to reduce the number of strategic nuclear warheads by one third and the number of missiles, submarines and bombers carrying them by more than half.Ambassador Cabactulan credited President Obama for breathing life to the nuclear disarmament agenda when he outlined his vision for a nuclear-weapons-free world during a visit to Prague last year. “President Obama has definitely animated the global discussions on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation,” Ambassador Cabactulan said as he cited other related US initiatives such the recently released Nuclear Policy Review and next week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC to be attended by President Arroyo.

“What President Obama has done are concrete manifestations of his seriousness in seeing to it that we live in a safer world,” Ambassador Cabactulan said. ###


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