Belarus voices support to "realistic, considerate and step-by-step approaches" in nuclear disarmament

Belarus on Wednesday voiced support to "realistic, considerate and step-by-step approaches in nuclear disarmament," saying that the disarmament process should include the efforts to carry out "obligations for termination of development of nuclear weapons."

The statement came as Valentin Rybakov, the assistant to the president of the Republic of Belarus, was addressing the conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which entered its third day here Wednesday.

"Belarus made a historic choice of renouncing voluntarily the possession of nuclear weapons at her disposal, withdrew them from her territory and has been confirming her non-proliferation commitments by practical deeds," Rybakov said. "Belarus considers the goal of complete nuclear disarmament as the main strategic aim of the treaty. Belarus supports realistic, considerate and step-by- step approaches in nuclear disarmament."

"We welcome the signing of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between Russia and (the) U.S. on April 8, 2010," he said. "At the same time we are convinced that disarmament process should not only include the destruction of outdated nuclear warheads and their carriers but also consider obligations for termination of development of nuclear weapons."

"Provision of unequivocal and unconditional security assurances is a pledge of trust and predictability in international relations and a prerequisite for the enhanced effectiveness of the NPT," he said. "We count on a constructive approach to negotiations on universal, comprehensive and legally binding document providing security assurances to the non-nuclear states in accordance with the decisions of the 1995 NPT Review Conference."

Meanwhile, he said that Belarus is dedicated to its international non-proliferation obligations in accordance with the regulations and control mechanisms of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Source: Xinhua


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