Nuclear Disarmament

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government with which ambassadors to the UK they have held meetings in the last six months to discuss UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.

Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK will send a representative or an observer to attend the negotiations to be held in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.

Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term aims of the multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations to be held in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, in the light of the aims of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The Government has discussed nuclear disarmament issues, including UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, with numerous States over the last six months. Those discussions have taken place with Embassies in London, through UK Embassies overseas, in international organisations and directly between capitals. The UK Government will not attend the substantive negotiations, which started on 27 March. We do not believe these negotiations will lead to effective progress on global nuclear disarmament. The best way to achieve this goal is through gradual multilateral disarmament negotiated using a step-by-step approach and within existing international frameworks.

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