Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to make progress on the fissile material cut-off treaty.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The UK considers a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) to be a key priority for making further progress on multilateral disarmament. We will continue to press for the start of negotiations without pre-conditions at the Conference on Disarmament (CD). My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence, spoke to the Conference on 5 February 2008 and highlighted the urgent need for the Conference to redouble their efforts to move forward on a FMCT.

As the holder of one of the six CD presidencies in 2008 we are working with like-minded countries to try to bring about the start of negotiations this year. We will continue to lobby the states which remain opposed to the start of this process.

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