NPT Meet Buoys Hopes For 2010 Conference

By Oliver Meier

An April 28-May 9 meeting of states-parties prepare for the 2010 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference marked a significant change in tone from previous meetings.

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EdPerry said...

In the second paragraph you stated, "For decades, non-nuclear weapon states have complained that nuclear-weapon states have not done enough to move towards a nuclear weapon-free world as required by Article VI of the NPT."

Article VI calls for "general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control."

The United States presented a proposal for general and complete disarmament when President John F. Kennedy addressed the UNGA on September 25, 1961. Key to that proposal was the creation of an international disarmament organization to "place the final responsibility for verification and control where it belongs, not with the big powers alone, not with one's adversary or one's self...."

President Kennedy predicted that his proposed program "would achieve under the eyes of an international disarmament organization, a steady reduction in force, both nuclear and conventional, until it has abolished all armies and all weapons except those needed for internal order and a new United Nations Peace Force."

Agenda for the 2010 NPT review conference should include compliance with Article VI of the NPT and creation of the International Disarmament Organization to achieve "strict and effective international control."

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