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Uganda pushes for nuclear disarmament

Sam Kutesa, Uganda's Foreign minister on November 21, 2015 in Kampala, Uganda.

Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s Foreign minister on November 21, 2015 in Kampala, Uganda.

Almost 70 years ago, the world witnessed the scourge of war and the horrors and grave risks connected with the existence of nuclear weapons.

The result was an urgent call for concrete and effective steps to address this situation by renewing collectively the commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

“Uganda supports and is committed to these three pillars that are the cornerstone of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” said the Foreign Affairs ministry in a statement.

Uganda believes that the NPT is an important instrument for the security of ~II and the failure to fulfil the obligations contained therein constitutes a real threat to the survival of humanity as a whole.

While the non-proliferation pillar of the Treaty has limited the horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons, thecommitments embodied in the disarmament pillar of the NPT remain unfulfilled.

It is imperative that the process of engagement by nuclear states is accelerated to achieve complete disarmament.

“Uganda supports the peaceful use of nuclear technology for development purposes by non-nuclear states.”

In this regard, non-nuclear states should be able and be supported to harness nuclear technology for a wide range of civilian uses.

A selective approach to the implementation of the Treaty’s provisions weakens the nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation regime, reinforces inequalities under the Treaty and undermines its credibility.

Any imbalance in addressing these three pillars will negatively impact the
collective efforts to address the challenges.

“Uganda calls on all states to redouble efforts to comply with their international obligations, refrain from developing nuclear weapons, disarm such weapons and support the peaceful use of nuclear technology.”

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