No: 163, 12 June 2012, Press Release Regarding the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI)

Nine countries from different regions of the world (Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Poland and the UAE) along with Turkey, have established in September 2010 the Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) with a view to supporting the efforts aimed at realizing the goals of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). NPDI Ministers of Foreign Affairs are meeting twice a year on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York and in a host country. The next meeting of the Initiative at the Ministerial level will be held in Istanbul on 16 June 2012 and it will hosted by H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.

The Istanbul Meeting will be held following the first meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT 2015 Review Conference (RevCon), which convened in Vienna last month. On this occasion, Ministers will have the opportunity to assess the meeting of the Preparatory Committee and review the contributions of the NPDI to the NPT RevCon process in the light of the results of the meeting.

In accordance with the resolutions of the NPT 2010 RevCon, the conference regarding the establishment of a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, which is envisaged to be held in 2012, figures among the priorities of the Istanbul Meeting. The NPDI countries maintain their incentive efforts aimed at holding this conference in a constructive atmosphere with the participation of all the regional countries. Ministers of Foreign Affairs will exchange detailed views in Istanbul on the basis of the report presented to the Preparatory Committee by the Finnish Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy H.E. Mr. Jaakko Laajava, who has been assigned as the facilitator for the abovementioned conference by the UN Secretary General and will share their assessments with him.

Transparency Measures in nuclear disarmament; negotiations on an FMCT (Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty); entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the universalization of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the additional protocol; humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and training for non-proliferation are other subjects on the agenda.

The NPDI, which has united around the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and proved itself as an effective formation in the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation area with its concrete cooperation proposals during the almost two-year-period since its establishment, will actively maintain its efforts in these fields in the forthcoming period as well.