(No. 117 - March 26, 2010 - 3 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement welcoming the conclusion of a new strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia:
“Canada welcomes the new strategic arms reduction treaty announced today by U.S. president Barack Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. This treaty represents a critical step in ensuring and enhancing global security. It will also help advance cooperative threat-reduction projects on which Canada collaborates with Russia and the United States, particularly the Global Partnership Program.
“Lowering the number of strategically deployed nuclear weapons and their delivery systems represents a vital advance for nuclear disarmament, which further fulfills international commitments in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“Canada strongly supports the non-proliferation, reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons, consistent with its obligations within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. We voice our position on this matter of international security consistently and clearly on the world stage.”
For more information on Canada’s nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation policy, please consult Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (Nuclear) Division and Global Partnership Program.
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