Turkey supports conference on disarmament
Turkey will continue to support efforts that aim to boost the Conference on Disarmament's contributions to global peace and stability, the Journal of Turkish Weekly said.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said that "the Conference on Disarmament has approved its work program on 29 May 2009, in Geneva, after a deadlock of more than 10 years.
In overcoming the deadlock, we pay special tribute to the Algerian Presidency of the Conference for their contributions to the process. Turkey, a member of the Conference on Disarmament since 1996, during her Presidency in February 2008, for a period of four weeks, contributed substantively to the process".
"The Conference on Disarmament, which paved the way to the global adoption of arms control and armaments efforts, has played a leading role during the negotiations and agreement on important international instruments, such as the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty, Biological Weapons Convention, Chemical Weapons Convention and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. We hope that overcoming the deadlock in the Conference, will accelerate the ongoing work in the fields of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation," the MFA said. "Considering arms control and disarmament as fundamental aspects of its national security policy, Turkey will continue to support efforts that will increase the Conference's contributions to global peace and stability," the MFA also said.