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France hosts P5 conference on N-disarmament

The conference will be a constructive step in the process of NPT states` engagement on disarmament.



Washington: France is hosting the second conference of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council on Confidence Building Measures towards Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

This conference is an opportunity for the five nuclear-weapons States party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - the US, China, Russia, the UK and France – to discuss transparency, verification and confidence-building measures, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

The conference from June 29 to July 01 will be a constructive step in the process of nuclear-weapons states` engagement on disarmament and related issues, as agreed to at the 2010 NPT Review Conference, she said in a statement.

Ellen Tauscher, under secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will travel to Paris, leading the US delegation to the Conference.

She will be joined by Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, and a distinguished inter-agency delegation, including Gary Samore, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

"The first nuclear-weapons states Conference on Confidence Building Measures towards Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, held in London in 2009, provided a unique and important forum for the five countries to discuss issues related to non-proliferation and disarmament," Nuland aid.

"The Paris conference will offer an opportunity to build upon the positive results of the London conference. We look forward to working closely with our counterparts to further our collective efforts in an area of profound interest to the international community," she said.

PTI

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