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Minister Lajčák speaks at the UN Security Council on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

Minister Lajčák speaks at the UN Security Council on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

24.8.2016 | Aktivity ministra

New York (23 August) – “Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction ranks among the major threats to   international peace and security.” This was the message of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his statement during the United Nations Security Council open discussion of the fight against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in New York on Tuesday.

“The threat presented by these weapons is multiplied by the risk that they may get in the hands of terrorists and non-State actors. For that reason, preventing this from happening should be the key priority for the international community,” emphasized Minister Lajčák. He pointed out that Security Council Resolution 1540 is an effective instrument in this effort and together with the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological Weapons Convention and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty it has become an important component of the global security architecture. The resolution should prevent terrorists, and countries harbouring them, to gain access to weapons and materials of mass destruction.

“Preventing non-State actors from acquiring weapons of mass destruction cannot be achieved by a single country alone; collective effort and international cooperation of all states is needed,” stated Minister Lajčák. He added that this calls for adjustment and improvement of Resolution 1540 to make it applicable in the broadest possible scope.

Minister Lajčák, in his address at the United Nations Security Council, also pointed out that non-State actors exploit new technologies to pursue their illicit activities and often have significant financial and personnel resources available to them to bypass the existing control mechanisms. “This is why there is a need to constantly modernize national export control mechanisms and dedicate enough financial and personnel capacities to them,” said Minister Lajčák. He also recalled the need to reach out to officials from firms, companies and civil society to raise public awareness of the risk that sensitive items present in the hands of terrorists and non-State actors.

Minister Lajčák also assured that Slovakia keeps responsibly meeting its commitments in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and stays ready to assist the international effort in that direction.