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A Little More on NPT RevCon 2010
Jill Marie Parillo
June 3, 2009
The Geneva Director of Pugwash Ambassador Sergey Batsanov and I in front of the Eiffel Tower. Ambassador Batsanov is well known for an important effort that brings Iranians together with Western states to discuss science and world affairs.
Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Acronym Institute, made an appearance today at the conference and commented on recent Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) action. With over 20 years of experience in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and international diplomacy, it is not surprising that she said a few very important things to say on the topic. Rebecca reflected on the NPT Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting in New York May 4-15. It was the last meeting of state parties before the NPT 2010 review conference.
Dr. Johnson spoke of the inclusion of a section on implementing the 1995 Resolution on the Middle East in a final meeting document. She said that although the final document (Recommendations to the Chair of the 2010 Review Conference) never managed to pass, the NPT community will likely see some elements of this section implemented in 2010. Dr. Johnson also said that this will include organizing a conference of all states concerned to address ways and means to implement the Resolution, and establishing a subsidiary body (to Main Committee II) at the 2010 Review Conference to consider practical steps to implement the resolution.
Look for Arms Control Today’s June issue for more details from Dr. Johnson on the recent NPT meeting New York.