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RP ENVOY CITED BY NEW UK MINISTER FOR SUCCESSFUL 2010 NPT REVCON
NEW YORK—British Foreign Secretary William Hague has commended the Philippines for moving the stalled global nuclear disarmament agenda forward after it successfully steered the recent 2010 Review Conference of States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
In a letter to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary Hague cited in particular Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, for his role as president of the 2010 NPT Review Conference.
In his letter, Secretary Hague thanked Ambassador Cabactulan and praised him for his “leadership, hard work and tireless efforts to bring delegations together and secure a successful final outcome.”
“We now have, for the first time, a clear action plan to strengthen international cooperation in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, in pursuing nuclear disarmament and in promoting the safe and secure use of peaceful nuclear energy as well as a way forward on a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction,” he said.
Ambassador Cabactulan scored a historic diplomatic feat for the Philippines last month when he convinced States Parties to throw their support behind a compromise formula he put together to seal the first agreement for the NPT in 10 years.
The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said Ambassador Cabactulan was able to bring the nuclear disarmament agenda back on track after the 188 States Parties approved the 28-page final document that includes 64 so-called action items related to the three pillars of the NPT—disarmament, nonproliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The Cabactulan proposal called for, among others, the convening of a conference in 2012 on the establishment of “a Middle East zone free of nuclear-weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction” to be held under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General and to be attended by all states of the Middle East.
The document also called on the world’s powers to commit to accelerate concrete progress on the steps leading to nuclear disarmament; take steps to further diminish the role and significance of nuclear weapons; and report back on progress by 2014—a year before the next Review Conference.
The conference, which takes place every five years, seeks to review and advance the objectives of the NPT. Under the treaty, which took effect in 1970, so-called Non-Nuclear Weapons States vowed not to acquire such weapons while so-called Nuclear Weapons States made commitments to move toward their elimination. The treaty also endorsed the right of States Parties to develop nuclear energy for peaceful uses. ###
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