Sri Lanka has proposed negotiating a programme of work for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
Sri Lanka’s envoy in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A Azeez said that there needs to be a serious attempt at negotiating a programme of work for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
Azeez said this while addressing the Plenary Session of the UN Conference on Disarmament (CD). He urged members of the CD to find a way forward that could facilitate, or create momentum for, work on all core issues.
The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka assured Sri Lanka’s fullest support for all efforts towards generating consensus within CD, building upon the outcome achieved under Sri Lanka’s presidency of the disarmament forum last year.
Ambassador Azeez highlighted the importance of CD being representative enough of the whole range of views and perspectives on critical issues in the disarmament and non-proliferation arena.
In this context, he streesed that education and training in disarmament and non -proliferation and integration of a gender perspective were necessary to help advance fully informed, well represented, result oriented negotiation on critical issues.
Noting the stalemate in launching substantive negotiations, he asserted that ‘Rules of Procedure should aid, not prevent, deliberations on substantive issues’.
He further urged delegations to take a hard look at the challenges that lay ahead, and to consider taking a constructive approach to negotiating a programme of work without further delay. (Colombo Gazette)