Nuclear Weapons Convention

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 26th June 2000.

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Photo of Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale Government Whip 2:36 pm, 26th June 2000

Yes, my Lords. The recent NTP Review Conference in New York was a marked success. I can tell my noble friend Lord Cocks that for the first time since 1985 all participating states were able to agree a final document which both reviewed progress over the past five years and set out an agenda for the next five. Of particular significance was the unequivocal undertaking of the five nuclear weapons states to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals. As was widely recognised in New York, we played a key role in the success of that negotiation and we hope that the agreements reached will provide a timely boost to the non-proliferation regime and global disarmament efforts.