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5 MAY 2010
RP WANTS MOMENTUM SUSTAINED AS NPT REVIEW CONFERENCE OVERCOMES ITS FIRST CHALLENGE
NEW YORK—The Philippines today urged States-Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to further sustain the momentum as it welcomed their decision to resolve procedural issues that are necessary to move the 2010 Review Conference forward.
The Philippine Delegation congratulated Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, the President of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, for successfully hurdling his first major challenge after he obtained the agreement of States-Parties to his proposal to create three subsidiary bodies that would facilitate crucial discussions on the treaty.
Assistant Foreign Affairs Secretary Leslie B. Gatan also acknowledged the critical role of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, who actively sought the support of States-Parties in ensuring a smooth resolution of all procedural issues to allow the conference to proceed to the next phase of negotiations.
Secretary Romulo, who personally led the Philippine Delegation to the 2010 NPT Review Conference, has been meeting with his counterparts to drum up support for the Philippine Presidency and in seeking international consensus for the successful outcome of the negotiations.
“It is imperative for us to sustain the momentum,” Assistant Secretary Gatan said, adding that unlike in the 2005 Review Conference when the month-long negotiations were stalled over questions of procedure, delegates to the 2010 Review Conference were able to resolve all procedural issues in just three days.
“Today, we were able to overcome the procedural challenges and this now paves the way for discussions on the substantive issues,” Assistant Secretary Gatan said as he noted the strong political will among States-Parties to avoid a repeat of the 2005 Review Conference, which ended in failure after negotiators ran out of time to engage in substantive discussions.
Assistant Secretary Gatan said Ambassador Cabactulan was able to secure the agreement of States-Parties on procedural matters, particularly the creation of subsidiary bodies under the three main committees of the NPT (disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy). These subsidiary bodies, he said, play an important role in strengthening the treaty regime by providing focused discussions not only on critical issues but also on the actual implementation of the treaty.
Assistant Secretary Gatan said the subsidiary body under Main Committee 1, to be chaired by Ambassador Alexander Marschik of Austria, will focus on disarmament and security assurances while the subsidiary body under Main Committee 2, to be chaired by Ambassador Alison Kelly of Ireland, will examine regional issues, including the Middle East and the implementation of the 1995 Middle East resolution. The subsidiary body under Main Committee 3, be headed by Ambassador Jose Luis Cancela of Uruguay, will address the other provisions of the treaty.
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