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Nations Agree to Work Plan for Conference on Disarmament
The United Nations announced today that the 65 member nations of the international Conference on Disarmament have agreed on a working plan for the first time in 13 years, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, May 27).
The change at the permanent forum for talks on disarmament followed indications of growing support for a compromise plan offered recently by states that do not possess nuclear weapons. It arrived amid positive signs on nuclear drawdowns, including U.S. and Russian negotiations on a follow-up to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (see GSN, May 20) and the early approval of an agenda for the 2010 review conference for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (see GSN, May 8).
The Conference on Disarmament proposal calls for working groups to address several issues, including a fissile material cutoff treaty, a prohibition on space-based weapons and total global nuclear disarmament (Agence France-Presse/Spacewar.com, May 29).
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March 13, 2014
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