On 30 April, on the second day of the Third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference (RevCon) of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Ambassador György Molnár, Special Representative for Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in his intervention in the general debate reaffirmed Hungary’s commitment to strenghtening the integrity of NPT, the cornerstone of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament as well as the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Ambassador Molnar emphasized that in the field of nuclear disarmament we have to focus on areas where common ground exists. We need an inclusive and incremental process that consists of concrete and practical steps, and engages nuclear weapon states. These steps include the entry into force of the CTBT, a ban on the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and making progress on nuclear disarmament verification, concerning which Hungary was honored to participate in the work of the Group of Governmental Experts. He also mentioned that the credibility of the NPT can only be preserved if existing and emerging nuclear proliferation risks are addressed in an effective way. In relation to this he emphasized the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s comprehensive safeguards system.. The Ambassador also underlined that all States parties have an inalienable right for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in conformity with the relevant provisions of the NPT. He also underscored that nuclear safety and security are sustainers of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and can contribute to its positive public perception.
The Third PrepCom started on 29 April and lasts two weeks, untill 10 May. The main goal of the PrepCom is to warm up for the Tenth Review Conference of the NPT, due in 2020.
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