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Ajumogobia addresses UN nuclear treaty confab

NEW YORK — THE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia will, today, at the United Nations address the meeting of the 2010 Review Conference of Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT.

Ajumogobia is expected to speak on behalf of the African Group on the second day of the 25-day meeting taking place at the UN headquarters in New York.

The minister will, according to a programme made available to Vanguard, address the UN nuclear conference in his capacity as Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, during the afternoon session.

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joy Ogwu, said the issue of nuclear security and disarmament was closely related to the global quest for international peace and security.

She said: “We believe the time is ripe for the world to begin a new phase of universal and complete verifiable and irreversible disarmament within the multilateral framework. The African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty of Pelindaba, which came into force on July 15, 2009, is a good example.”

Ogwu noted that Nigeria was one of the first to sign the NPT in 1970, and had voluntarily refrained from developing nuclear weapon, stressing: “Nigeria prefers the pursuit of peaceful uses of nuclear energy for human development and international cooperation.

“Our programme has been transparent and solely for peaceful purposes and the International Atomic Energy Agency has given Nigeria a clean certificate of compliance and sole peaceful uses of nuclear energy programme.”

The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

The treaty promotes cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general complete disarmament.

The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon states.

Representatives from more than 100 countries, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are expected at the latest five-yearly review of the NPT.


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