The Federal Cabinet today (7 May) approved the Annual Disarmament Report 2007 presented by the Federal Foreign Office. The Report provides a detailed account of current developments in the field of disarmament, arms control and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as the German Government's policies in this connection.
Commenting on this, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued today (7 May) in Berlin the following statement:
"Disarmament, arms control and an active non-proliferation policy are cornerstones of a far-sighted security policy. That is why we invested so much time and energy last year on these issues.
This explains not only our efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and seek a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme. This is also the reason we are working so hard to promote conventional disarmament – curbing the proliferation of small arms, for example, negotiating for a worldwide ban on cluster munitions and preserving and strengthening existing disarmament agreements.
All these issues are critical for our security. In future, too, the German Government will push very hard for progress in this area."
The Annual Disarmament Report 2007 will be published shortly on the Federal Foreign Office website (www.diplo.de).