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2016 Annual Disarmament Report adopted

31.05.2017 - Article

On 12 April 2017, the German cabinet adopted the 2016 Annual Disarmament Report (Bundestag printed paper no. 18/11968).

Statue entitled Non‑Violence created by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd in front of the UN headquarters in New York
Statue entitled Non‑Violence created by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd in front of the UN headquarters in New York© picture alliance / dpa

On 12 April 2017, the German cabinet adopted the 2016 Annual Disarmament Report (Bundestag printed paper no. 18/11968). For the German Government, disarmament and arms control are cornerstones of Germany’s foreign and security policy.

The report states:

Taking on responsibility in difficult times – Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

“By deciding to assume the OSCE Chairmanship in 2016, the Federal Government took on responsibility in difficult times. One important objective of Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship was to strengthen cooperative security in Europe. In this connection, the Federal Government worked hard to shore up Europe’s arms control architecture. In mid‑2016, then Federal Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier called for a relaunch of conventional arms control, with the aim of enhancing stability, predictability and military transparency – in short, creating greater security – for Europe and preventing an imminent arms race.”

Iran’s nuclear programme

“On 16 January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had scaled back its nuclear programme to the level specified in the Vienna Agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPoA). In return, the nuclear‑deal‑related sanctions of the UN, the US and the EU were lifted. Since then, Iran has been subject to the strongest IAEA verification and monitoring measures in the world.”

Use of chemical weapons in Syria

“In 2016, as well, there have been recurring reports of chemical weapons use in Syria – especially chlorine gas. In 2016, the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations continued to conduct its investigations into the use of chemical weapons and concluded that, in three instances, the Syrian regime had used toxic chemicals in 2014 and 2015. The Federal Government urged that these systematic abuses must have consequences and therefore actively campaigned for a decision to this effect by the OPCW Executive Council, which was approved on 11 November 2016.”

The complete report can be read here:

Annual Disarmament Report for 2016 (in German) PDF / 1 MB

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