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Ukraine to initiate international conference on preventing spread of nuclear weapons

September 25, 2013, 12:40 UTC+3

President Yanukovich believes security assurances of states that joined Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons should be fixed in a legally binding document

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UNITED NATIONS, September 25 (Itar-Tass) - Ukraine will initiate during the current session of the UN General Assembly an influential thematic conference on issues of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich announced on Tuesday delivering a speech during the general debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

Yanukovich noted that in 2014, Ukraine would mark the 20th anniversary of its joining the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear state. “In 1994, Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States signed the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, which were later confirmed by France and China,” the Ukrainian leader said.

“Taking into account the historic significance of these events, as well as the recent disturbing trends in the sphere of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Ukraine will initiate during the current General Assembly session, an influential thematic conference,” the president noted. He expressed the hope that the guarantor states, countries that have followed Ukraine’s example, as well as all other parties concerned would participate in this conference.

“I hope that this international event will provide a favorable opportunity to return to a detailed consideration of the issue of ‘negative’ security assurances,” Yanukovich stressed. According to him, security assurances for the states that have abandoned their nuclear arsenals and countries that are not members of military alliances should be fixed in a legally binding international instrument.

Yanukovich also noted that Ukraine hoped that a regular Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague next year would be successful. “Ukraine is for the achievement of new qualitative results by this global forum and urges other countries to contribute to this cause,” the president emphasized.

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