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Conference on Disarmament

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the UK (a) priorities for and (b) assessment of the 2006 Conference on Disarmament. (75139)

The UK is fully committed to progress in multilateral disarmament forums, in particular in the Conference on Disarmament (CD). As we have said on many occasions, our priority is the start of negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty (FMCT), without pre-conditions, which we view as the next logical step towards achieving the goals of nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. In this regard, the UK fully supports the US initiative in tabling a draft FMCT text on 18 May. We hope that all CD member states are able to accept the very broad mandate proposed and agree to open negotiations towards a treaty without delay.

The UK believes that the CD sessions held so far this year have seen some of the most constructive dialogue in recent years. We were pleased that so many states participated actively in the recent thematic debate on FMCT and we hope that this level of engagement continues.