The impasse at UN disarmament forum is "disappointing"Listen /
The continued failure of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) to agree on its priorities has been characterized by a United Nations official as "disappointing".
Angela Kane, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, spoke at the closing of the 2012 session of the Conference in Geneva on Thursday.
Ms. Kane said all previous presidents of the Conference have made efforts to overcome the long negotiating impasse in the forum.
"In spite of all these efforts, this session has once again reached an impasse. This disappointing outcome will be widely viewed as a setback in the effort to advance global disarmament goals, in particular the elimination of nuclear weapons. It is difficult to commence negotiations when key policy priorities and perceived interests of States are in conflict, especially when some of these differences might also reflect domestic political considerations."
Ms. Kane said the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction to the survival of humanity are far from having been eliminated.