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Foreign ministers express deep concern over the lack of progress in nuclear disarmament

Pressmeddelande   •  Sep 24, 2003 00:00 CEST

Anna Hammarlund
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Maria Håkansson
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At a meeting of the New Agenda Coalition in New York yesterday, Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden renewed their promise to take action for a nuclear weapon-free world. In a joint declaration, the foreign ministers express deep concern over the lack of progress in nuclear disarmament and state that the current international debate on weapons of mass destruction underlines the fact that the only guarantee against the use of nuclear weapons is their total elimination.

The ministers express their concern over the possible development of new types of nuclear weapons and the prospect of nuclear weapons becoming more important in various security strategies.

The international community is called upon to increase its efforts to achieve universal accession to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). India, Israel and Pakistan are urged to accede to the Treaty as nuclear weapon-free states. At the same time, concern was expressed about North Korea and this country was urged to reconsider its actions.

Efforts for a new agenda for nuclear disarmament continue to be vigorously and resolutely pursued. Against this background, two resolutions will be presented at the UN General Assembly during the autumn.

The entire Declaration can be read on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs website.

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The New Agenda Coalition (NAC) was established in 1998. In addition to Sweden, its members include Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa. The group works to promote nuclear disarmament.