UN body has potential to promote nuclear disarmament

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Hellmut Hoffmann

Diplomats participating in the United Nations body dealing with disarmament issues have been urged to use its potential to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The appeal came from the new President of the UN Disarmament Conference (CD) in Geneva, Ambassador Hellmut Hoffmann of Germany.

He said it is not fruitful to engage in debates about whether the CD is the only standing multilateral forum mandated to negotiate new agreements on disarmament and non-proliferation.

Ambassador Hoffmann said the fact that a number of states continue to express a strong interest in becoming members of the Conference underlines its potential.

"But this is the point where I have to say that I would feel even more honoured presiding over our work if the Conference on Disarmament were actually in a state where it makes active use of this potential that is where it fulfils its own mandate. Unfortunately, as we are all aware, for many reasons this has not been the case for well over a decade."

(Duration: 28")

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