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On May 8, 2012 passes the Seminarcalled "Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: Ideas from Russia, Ideas for Russia" in the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (Donau-City Strasse 6, Andromeda Tower, Floor 13).

Experts

  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Affiliation : Director for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Plenipotentiary Representative, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to FAO and other UN Agencies
  • Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nation, Head of the new United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office
  • Affiliation : Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
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PIR Center holds seminar on nuclear disarmament in Vienna

08.06.2012

p7277_1.jpgMOSCOW, JUNE 8, 2012. PIR PRESS - "Russia must become a leader in nuclear disarmament and fulfill its obligations to implement 13 disarmament steps agreed in 2000 and the Action Plan worked out at 2010 NPT Review Conference. In addition, Russia may initiate an open and transparent debate on nuclear weapons, including the question of appropriateness of the existence of nuclear deterrence in XXI century", - Director of the Department for Disarmament and Nonproliferation of Austrian Foreign Ministry Alexander Kmentt.

In May 8, 2012 PIR Center in cooperation with Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held international seminar on "Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: Ideas from Russia, Ideas for Russia" in Vienna organized as a side-event of the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT. The workshop was the first of a series of two planned events in cooperation with Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The second seminar will be held in September of 2012 in Moscow.

In the seminar took part the representatives of the IAEA, OSCE, CTBTO, representatives of Austria, France, Great Britain, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Switzerland,  and the USA. Participants discussed the issues of education in the field of nuclear nonproliferation, Russia's fulfillment of the final document of the 2010 Review Conference, need for making changes to nuclear doctrines of the countries, reduction of risks of nuclear terrorism, nuclear materials trafficking and the role of NGOs in nuclear nonproliferation.

According to the Director of the Department for Disarmament and Nonproliferation of Austrian MFA Alexander Kmentt "despite the success of the 2010 NPT Review Conference and the reduction of nuclear arsenals of Russia and the United States, non-nuclear weapons countries are still disappointed by how little has been done for the sake of nuclear-free world since the end of Cold War."

"Russia must become a leader in nuclear disarmament and fulfill its obligations to implement 3 disarmament steps agreed in 2000 and the Action Plan worked out at the 2010 NPT Review Conference. In addition, Russia may initiate an open and transparent debate on nuclear weapons, including the question of appropriateness of the existence of nuclear deterrence in XXI century,"- considers Alexander Kmentt.

p7277_2.jpgAccording to the director of James Martin Center for Nonproliferation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies William Potter, "It would have been a mistake to equate support of the final document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference and positive approach toward the progress of the disarmament and nonproliferation issues by many countries. It must be noted that the consensus reached in 2010 may come to a naught if there will not be any progress on several areas, particularly on Middle East and nuclear disarmament issues."

According to him, the progress in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation is negatively affected by a number of factors, including overconfidence about the state of the NPT, outdated way of thinking about the benefits of nuclear weapons, insufficient attention to preventing nuclear terrorism, lack of foresight on trading of nuclear materials and technologies to countries which have not entered into force the Additional Protocol to IAEA safeguards.

p7277_3.jpgIn the course of the seminar Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Vladimir Voronkov, Executive Director of the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Nonproliferation (VCDNP) Elena Sokova, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the international organizations in Geneva Victor Vasiliev, President of the PIR Center Vladimir Orlov, Director of the Educational Program of the PIR Center Albert Zulkharneev, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Toth, Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination Section of IAEA (2002-2011), Tariq Rauf (in a personal capacity) made report and comments.

The program and  materials of the seminar are available at PIR Center web site.

For all questions related to “Ways towards Nuclear Disarmament” Project of PIR Center, please contact "Nuclear Nonproliferation and Russia" Program Coordinator of PIR Center Ivan Trushkin by phone +7-(495)- 987-19-15, fax +7(495)-987-19-14, e-mail: trushkin at pircenter.org,

 

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