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27 MAY 2011
NAM COMMENDS PH LEADERSHIP IN NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
27 May 2011 Bali, Indonesia – The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) cited the Philippines’ leadership in the field of nuclear disarmament at the XVI Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting of the NAM in Bali, Indonesia on 25-27 May 2011. Undersecretary Jose S. Brillantes, Head of the Philippine delegation reported that the NAM adopted the Final Document of the meeting, paragraph 165 of which, commends the efforts of the Philippines, specifically those of Amb. Libran N. Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York, for his exemplary work in leading the negotiations in the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to a successful conclusion.
The NPT Review Conference was held at UN HQ in New York on 3-28 May 2010. Amb. Cabactulan served as its president. The month long meeting resulted in a landmark outcome document, specifically a 64-point Action Plan.
The NAM document states “ The Ministers of the States Parties to the NPT commended the Chairmanship of H.E. Libran N. Cabactulan of the Philippines, of the 2010 NPT Review Conference and the active engagement of NAM States Parties to the Treaty in its deliberations. They highlighted the importance of implementing the action plans adopted by the conference on nuclear disarmament, on nuclear non-proliferation, on peaceful uses of nuclear energy and on the implementation of the 1995 resolution on the Middle-East. ”
Undersecretary Brillantes in his remarks at the Bali meeting said, “The Philippines deeply appreciates the confidence and support given to us by the Movement when we presided over the 2010 Review Conference of the NPT. Thanks largely to the strong commitment and action of our Movement during the Review Conference, we succeeded in adopting a 64-point Action Plan.”
The NPT Review Conference is held every 5 years. The objective of each meeting is to review what has been achieved by States Parties in terms of the treaty’s three pillars of nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, as well as plan and decide on future actions to be undertaken by States Parties that would promote the same three pillars. The ultimate goal of the treaty is the elimination of nuclear weapons in the hands of States Parties, namely China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US.
The commendation given by NAM to the Philippines’ performance in the last Review Conference, Permanent Representative Cabactulan said, was “a special recognition of the hard work exerted by the Philippines in promoting international peace and security for all by ensuring progress on one of the most crucial disarmament treaties ever negotiated, namely the NPT, which is the only treaty that binds the 5 nuclear weapons States to disarm.”
“International peace and security, in particular nuclear disarmament, is the concern of all countries, it is not just in the province of the developed or the powerful. The Philippines accepted the burden of Review Conference president because of the belief that the country has the capacity to lead important and delicate negotiations on a treaty with far reaching security implications not just for our region, but for the entire world. The commendation given by the NAM confirms this belief,” Ambassador Cabactulan explained.
The NAM is made up 118 countries mostly from Asia, Africa, and Latin America and was formed during the Cold War with the aim of diffusing the ripe political tensions between the then USSR and USA and their respective allies. The NAM today remains at the forefront of nuclear disarmament issues, which is considered by the NAM as its top priority. END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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