Minister Cannon to Attend NPT Review Conference

(No. 145 - April 29, 2010 - 3:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced he will deliver Canada’s statement at the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on May 3, 2010, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

“The threat to global security from nuclear proliferation is grave,” said Minister Cannon. “However, in 2010 we have an opportunity to make progress in reducing that threat. Canada has been active in preparing for this review conference, among other things using its G8 presidency to focus on nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. 

“The treaty is now at a critical juncture, and it is imperative that States Parties invest the collective political will necessary to achieve success and work toward a world free of nuclear weapons.”

Minister Cannon will also hold bilateral meetings with Ukraine and Australia at the conference.

The NPT is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goals of achieving nuclear disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment to disarmament in a multilateral treaty from nuclear weapon states.

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