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Federal Cabinet approves Annual Disarmament Report


The Federal Cabinet approved the 2012 Annual Disarmament Report today. Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement:

“Around the world, Germany is working for greater security and stability through disarmament, arms control and transparency.
We and our international partners are committed to pursuing the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons through unwavering efforts at further nuclear disarmament and non proliferation.
Disarmament policy is security policy. That is why this year we will keep devoting a great deal of energy to pushing for disarmament and non proliferation.“

The Annual Disarmament Report offers a comprehensive overview of recent developments in the most important areas of disarmament policy.

The key topics addressed in the report are:

Raising NATO’s profile on disarmament and non-proliferation issues through the decisions made at the NATO summit in Chicago.

The offer to Russia to start a dialogue on greater transparency in the area of sub-strategic nuclear weapons.

The modernization of the conventional arms control regime in Europe.
Action taken to combat the nuclear proliferation risks arising from Iran and North Korea.

Engagement with Germany’s partners in the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) to strengthen the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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