Paris, 29 June 2011
At the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2011, the States Parties adopted an ambitious action plan, which must be translated into concrete measures in the three areas covered by the Treaty: non-proliferation, disarmament and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The P5 (China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Russia) naturally has a special responsibility in these three areas.
That’s why France will receive its P5 partners in Paris on June 30 and July 1, 2011, for the first Conference on the follow-up to the 2010 NPT Review Conference. This conference is taking place at Director-General level and the French delegation will be led by the Director-General for Political Affairs and Security.
The five nuclear-weapon States thus intend to demonstrate that they are determined to honor the commitments they made in May 2010 and to work on shared transparency and confidence-building measures. They will therefore continue the work undertaken with respect to the doctrine of deterrence, nuclear capabilities, and disarmament verification.
The Paris Conference is therefore consistent with the concern for transparency upheld by President Sarkozy in Cherbourg in 2008, France having already taken unparalleled transparency measures in the area of nuclear disarmament.
However, the proliferation crises in Iran, North Korea and Syria are also a reality in today’s world. The P5 partners will also hold an in-depth discussion on the management of these crises, as well as the strengthening of the non-proliferation regime.
France would like this conference to signal the start of a process of regular P5 consultations, with a view towards preparing, right now, for the next five-yearly NPT Review Conference, which will take place in 2015. Within the framework of the next review cycle, each State Party will have to make its contribution to the collective commitment of the NPT community in order to strengthen all aspects of this regime.
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