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29 MAY 2010
UN, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAIL RP FOR
NEW YORK—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the international community in extolling the Philippines for putting the global nuclear disarmament agenda back on track by successfully steering the 2010 Review Conference of States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Arab League, the European Union (EU), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the world’s major nuclear powers were among those that commended the Philippine Presidency under Ambassador Libran Cabactulan for sealing the first agreement made under the NPT regime in 10 years.
The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said States Parties cited Ambassador Cabactulan for saving the landmark conference from collapse by putting forward a last-minute compromise formula after delegates failed to reach agreement on a number of issues despite four weeks of intense, and sometimes heated, negotiations.
In a statement, Secretary-General Ban congratulated Ambassador Cabactulan for the success of the conference after States-Parties reached consensus and supported his action plan that is expected to advance the NPT goals of nuclear disarmament non‑proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy over the next five years.
“I congratulate Ambassador Cabactulan and commend the States Parties for finding common ground to further strengthen the NPT as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and the essential foundation towards nuclear disarmament,” Secretary-General Ban said. “A strong spirit of compromise and cooperation has delivered a significant agreement to build a safer and more secure world.”
Ambassador Cabactulan’s 28-page text provides an article-by-article review of the NPT’s operations, taking into account the decisions and resolution adopted by the 1995 Review and Extension Conference, as well as the final document of the 2000 Review Conference.
The document contains a 22-point action plan on nuclear disarmament that outlined concrete steps in the areas of disarmament of nuclear weapons; security assurances; nuclear testing; fissile materials; and other measures in support of nuclear disarmament.
The section also covers actions to be taken in the areas of nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and includes recommendations and follow-up actions, particularly on the implementation of the 1995 resolution on the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.
In their statements in the closing session, NAM Chair Egypt, ASEAN Chair Vietnam, and Arab League President Lebanon cited the leadership and the tireless efforts of Ambassador Cabactulan and the Philippine Delegation led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo in coming up with the final document that they said was a very important step towards realizing the objectives of the NPT.
“You are key to the success of this conference,” said EU President Spain as it noted the preparations made by the Philippines, particularly the NPT workshop in Manila in February and the commitment made by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to work with States-Parties to ensure a successful outcome of the conference.
Nuclear powers China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States also commended the Philippines for its leadership and skillful facilitation of the conference, saying it was a major achievement after a decade of stalemate.
“We would like to cite your wise leadership and ability to understand, your knowledge and humor are worth of admiration. You will go down the history of the NPT for this success,” Russia said. “For the first time in 15 years, we were able to take steps to realize the 1995 resolution creating a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.
Argentina cited Ambasador Cabactulan’s “contagious” optimism, enthusiasm and leadership and described his compromise proposal as a complex but well articulated document with practical steps.
South Africa credited the Philippines for doing its utmost to search for a balance to the many divergent views presented on how to move the disarmament process forward while Chile commended Ambassador Cabactulan for his tireless work and enthusiasm that had affected his health.
Austria praised Ambassador Cabactulan and the Philippine Delegation for coming in well prepared for a very difficult challenge while Iran expressed its appreciation and gratitude for Ambassador Cabactulan’s efforts, perseverance and able leadership.
Other States-Parties that congratulated the Philippines for contributing to the success of the conference were Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Libya, Sudan, Tanzania and Venezuela. ###
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