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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Coming into Force

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Coming into Force

5.3.2020 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

Fifty years ago, on 5 March 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) came into force. This is one of the most important international treaties, that significantly contributes to the security and prosperity of people all over the world. The NPT represents the cornerstone of the global architecture for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament, and it also enables parties to the treaty to have free access to the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.  Its importance is underlined by the fact that with its 191 contractual parties the NPT has almost universal validity.


 
The NPT is an irreplaceable pillar of international peace and security.  For more than a half a century it has effectively prevented the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the world and helped proceed towards achieving the ultimate goal, which is a world without nuclear weapons. It also contributes to reducing international tension and building and reinforcing mutual trust among states. The peaceful use of nuclear energy contributes to meeting the objectives of sustainable development and to solving many socio-economic challenges. Moreover, nuclear energy, as a low-carbon technology, plays an important role in the fight against climate change.


                                                 
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the NPT coming into force, the Slovak Republic attests to its unwavering and unequivocal support for the NPT and its three basic pillars (nuclear disarmament, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy) and their mutual balance and importance. It also emphasizes its continued support for the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has a key role in the implementation of the NPT and meeting its objectives. It is necessary to further continue in the efforts to universalise the NPT and preserve its vitality and integrity.


 
The international community will have an opportunity to demonstrate its support for the NPT and to confirm its extraordinary significance during the upcoming NPT review conference to be held from 27 April to 22 May 2020 in New York.