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Statement by H.E.Ambassador Wu Haitao at the Conference on Disarmament Informal Discussions on agenda items 1 and 2 with a general focus on FMCT
2014/06/04

Mr. Coordinator,

Allow me first to congratulate you on your assumption as Coordinator for the informal meeting on agenda items 1 and 2 with general focus on FMCT, and appreciate your thoughts on possible elements of the informal meeting.

Mr. Coordinator,

Since we are having a general exchange of views on FMCT this afternoon, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our views on this issue.

Firstly, FMCT is an important issue on international arms control agenda. The negotiation and conclusion of a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices will contribute to promoting nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, and achieving the ultimate goal of complete prohibition and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons.

Secondly, the four core issues on the agenda of the CD, namely nuclear disarmament, FMCT, PAROS and NSA, are all of great significance for promoting international nuclear disarmament process. Member states of the CD should attach importance to and fully accommodate each other's concerns, properly address the external factors which influence the work of the CD, adopt a comprehensive and balanced Programme of Work by consensus, and promote all the agenda items of the CD in a comprehensive manner, so as to create favorable conditions for starting the negotiation of FMCT.

Thirdly, in 1995, the CD adopted the mandate for the negotiation of FMCT as contained in the Shannon Report (CD/1299) by consensus. This mandate is the outcome of tough negotiations and has fully taken into consideration concerns of all parties. It has been confirmed by relevant UNGA resolutions and the Action Plan of the Final Document adopted by the 2010 NPT Review Conference. This mandate should be maintained so as to smoothly launch the negotiation of FMCT,

Fourthly, the membership of the CD covers all major stakeholders which are of great significance to the future FMCT. The objectives of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation could only be truly realized by negotiating FMCT in the CD. China has participated in the work of the UN GGE on FMCT. According to its mandate contained in the relevant UNGA Resolution, the GGE's work should not constitute negotiation or pre-negotiation. Should the Conference on Disarmament adopt its Programme of Work, the GGE shall conclude and its work shall be submitted to the CD.

Fifthly, the FMCT involves various political, economic, military, legal and technical factors. The negotiation of FMCT should not undermine the security interests and the rights to peaceful uses of nuclear energy of all countries, and should promote the economic development of all countries. The elements of the FMCT such as framework, scope, definition and verification should be designed pragmatically, in order to ensure that the future treaty will be reasonable, effective and economically-affordable.

Thank you, Mr. Coordinator.

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