U.N. conference on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty failed - US fault *LINK*

U.N. conference on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty failed - US fault *LINK*
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Monday, May 30, 2005 01:07 am


What a real shame!

- SNIP -

U.N.\'s NPT Confab Fails

by William M. Reilly
United Nations (UPI) May 27, 2005
The U.N. conference on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty failed to reach substantive agreement among participants Friday, with the United States singled out for most of the blame.
Washington was faulted for using procedural challenges to smokescreen its own nuclear policies and to avoid discussion of them and Beijing for apparently wanting to shield North Korea from criticism.

At the final day of the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, chairmen of the three main committees said their panels and their subsidiary bodies, said they were unable to reach consensus and their reports were largely of a technical nature.

The panels deliberated on nuclear disarmament and security assurances, safeguards and regional issues, including establishment of a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East, and implementation of the treaty\'s provisions related to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the participants \"missed a vital opportunity to strengthen our collective security against the many nuclear threats to which all states and all peoples are vulnerable.\"

\"This is the most acute failure in the history of the NPT,\" Thomas Graham, a negotiator for the United States at the 1995 NPT review, said Thursday, anticipating Friday\'s outcome.

\"By refusing even to discuss the commitments it made at past meetings, the United States has turned the world of nuclear proliferation into the Wild West, with a complete disrespect for the rule of law,\" said Alice Slater, founder of Abolition 2000 a non-governmental organization seeking the elimination of nuclear weapons at the session\'s windup.

The Drafting Committee held just one meeting, Wednesday, in which it considered and agreed to recommend to the conference for adoption a draft final document which carried no conclusions or recommendations. It was approved by consensus.

Perhaps its most substantive information was a list of the 150 states parties to the NPT participating, and that 119 research institutes and non-governmental organizations also attended.

Obviously missing from the list of 150 nations were India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan.

Israel has long been believed to have developed nuclear weapons as India and Pakistan have boasted, while North Korea withdrew from the pact. Iran remains a member of the NPT, although insisting its nuclear research is for peaceful use.