Canada Welcomes Agreement on Disarmament

(No. 149 - June 3, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the agreement on a program of work reached by the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.

“Canada is pleased by this unanimous agreement,” said Minister Cannon. “By arriving at this consensus after 12 years of deadlock, the UN’s forum for negotiating disarmament agreements can return to productive work on, among other things, negotiating a verifiable treaty to ban the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons.

“Canada has taken an active role in promoting the negotiation of a verifiable fissile material cut-off treaty. Successful achievement of this Canadian disarmament and non-proliferation priority would make a very positive contribution to Canada’s national security and to that of the world.”

The Conference on Disarmament was established in 1979 as the UN’s multilateral disarmament negotiating forum. The Geneva-based forum has 65 member states, including Canada. The Conference and its predecessors have negotiated non-proliferation and disarmament agreements such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

For more information on the Conference on Disarmament, consult UN Conference on Disarmament.

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