Westerwelle: strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Also forty years after its entry into force the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty remains indispensable for the maintenance and consolidation of peace, security and stability, Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle, stated.
On the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued today (6 March) in Cordoba the following statement:
“Also forty years after its entry into force the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty remains indispensable for the maintenance and consolidation of peace, security and stability.
The Treaty incorporates a mutual pledge to refrain from proliferating nuclear weapons and a commitment to disarm on the part of the nuclear-weapon states.
The German Government is committed to both goals. With our E3+3 partners we are seeking to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. But we are also supporting the talks under way between the United States and Russia on a reduction of their strategic weapons arsenals.
If successful, these talks will have a positive impact on the forthcoming Review Conference in New York of the Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Together with our partners Germany will be working in New York to strengthen the Treaty regime.”
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was signed on 1 July 1968 and entered into force on 5 March 1970. By defining the key parameters for achieving further progress on disarmament, it constitutes the basis of the global non-proliferation system. Currently 190 countries are parties to the Treaty; Germany became a party on 2 May 1975. A comprehensive Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty is to take place in New York in May.