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A High-Level Meeting on Multilateral Disarmament Issues Is Held in New York

2010/09/25

On September 24, 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon moderated the High-Level Meeting on Revitalizing the Work of the Conference on Disarmament and Taking forward Multilateral Disarmament Negotiations, which focused on discussions on how to advance the disarmament negotiations in Geneva and the multilateral disarmament process. Over 60 minister-level officials or representatives addressed the meeting. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun attended and addressed the meeting.

Zhai said that to revitalize the work of the Conference on Disarmament and advance the multilateral disarmament process, the authoritative status of the Conference on Disarmament as the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating body should be maintained and strengthened; the rules of procedures of the Conference on Disarmament with consensus as the core should be respected and maintained; and the legitimate security concerns of all countries should be valued and treated equally.

Zhai said China has always supported and actively participated in the work of the Conference on Disarmament. The Conference on Disarmament, on the basis of achieving a comprehensive and balanced work plan, should initiate the negotiations on the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty at the earliest possible date and in the meantime carry out substantive work on core issues such as the prevention of an arms race in outer space, security assurance for non-nuclear-weapon states and nuclear disarmament. This is in line with the common interest of all parties.

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