Forty years after its adoption, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) continues to form the basis for the global non-proliferation system. The NPT provides the vital framework for further progress on disarmament.
In 2010 a comprehensive NPT Review Conference will take place in New York. Today in Geneva the second of three meetings of the Preparatory Committee for this Review Conference came to a successful conclusion.
Today (9 May) Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement on this subject:
"The NPT is an essential multilateral instrument for upholding and strengthening peace, security and stability. I therefore welcome the successful conclusion of the second Preparatory Committee meeting for the 2010 Review Conference.
It is encouraging to see that during the meeting the overwhelming majority of States declared their wholehearted commitment to the NPT and called for its further development.
For that reason Germany will continue to do all it can, alongside its partners, to ensure that the NPT review takes place in a balanced way and that the NPT regime is made even stronger."