2000 REVIEW CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE
TREATY ON THE NON-PROLIFERATION (NPT) OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS -
STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATIONS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, FRANCE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND
Monday,1st May 2000
Mr Hubert de La Fortelle (French Representative to the Conference on Desarmament)
I have the honour to take the floor on behalf of the delegations of France, the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
Willing to contribute in a positive manner to the work of the Review Conference, the five nuclear-weapon States today submit a common statement to the States Parties.
This statement presents some of their positions on issues relating to nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses, with which the Conference will have to deal.
I draw your attention to paragraph 10 of this statement, which reads :
« Emphasising the essential importance of cooperation, demonstrating and advancing mutual trust among ourselves, and promoting greater international security and stability, we declare that none of our nuclear weapons are targeted at any State. »
With this statement, the five nuclear weapon States reaffirm their willingness to pursue systematic and progressive efforts to reduce nuclear weapons globally, in accordance with decision 2 of 1995.
I have asked that this statement is circulated as an official Conference document.