SI rep attends Asia Pacific Regional Non-Proliferation Treaty dialogue

Group photo of participants with the Indonesian Foreign Minister, H.E Mrs. Retno Marsudi (centre front row)

Solomon Islands was among twenty six Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) State Parties from the Asia Pacific region that attended a Regional Dialogue and Consultation on the Non Proliferation Treaty under the theme “Towards the PrepCom 2017” in Indonesia last week.

Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Mr William Soaki represented the country at that meeting which was co-hosted by the Republic of Indonesia and the Netherlands from March 13 to 14.

The Dialogue and Consultations were held in the context of preparations for the First Preparatory Committee Meeting of the 2020 NPT Review Cycle which will be held in Vienna, Austria from 2-12 May 2017.

The objective of the meetings was to gather ideas, conduct outreach and undertake consultations as broadly as possible to make the NPT process open and inclusive as possible. Furthermore, it allows the PrepCom Chair to get a clearer understanding on the regional perspective.

The Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of 1968 obliges all 190 state parties to pursue negotiations on effective measures relating to nuclear disarmament.

In fulfillment of this obligation, the majority of state parties will participate in the PrepCom in 2017 basically to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards total elimination.

The instrument will codify the illegality of nuclear weapons-placing them on the same footing as other weapons of mass destruction, which have long been outlawed.