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Projev ministra Schwarzenberga na konferenci The Prague Agenda – Accomplishments and Challenges

 

Projev ministra Karla Schwarzenberga na konferenci The Prague Agenda – Accomplishments and Challenges z 17.4.2012 (v angličtině).

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

It is my pleasure to open this distinguished gathering of top experts in nuclear portfolio here at Czernin Palace. 

With the 2009 President Obama’s announcement of his nuclear agenda, the 2010 US-Russia Summit concluding the New Start Treaty, and our last year’s Prague Agenda conference, you may say that the month of April and the city of Prague are the time and place to be when you want to discuss nuclear issues.

We would like this conference to provide an opportunity to summarize the achievements as well as short-comings in what is - since President Obama’s speech in our capital three years ago - referred to as „Prague Agenda“. 

Yesterday, at the workshop, some of you were discussing the issue of nuclear transparency and of its current and future place in arms control and disarmament. Your debate today will focus on the agendas of nuclear security and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

This Treaty is more important today than ever. It remains a cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, as well as an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and for the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. We are well aware of the need to preserve and strengthen its authority and integrity.

Vis-à-vis the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula as well as in Iran, it needs to be said that we do not question the rights of any country to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes on the assumption that it makes use of them in a responsible way. However, it is entirely unacceptable if some countries, while ignoring approved and recognized international standards, endanger stability in their regions and raise the risk of proliferation.

It is of utmost importance for all states to take concentrated and resolute measures to ensure strict compliance with their non-proliferation obligations and respond quickly and effectively to non-compliance.

Dear Colleagues,

I had the special privilege of heading our national delegation at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul three weeks ago. Its outcome robustly underlined the need for global action. The world leaders confirmed there the importance of the nuclear security measures to protect us against terrorism or illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials. 

Among other topics discussed at the summit in Seoul was the increasing threat to the global security presented by terrorism targeted at sensitive nuclear information. We have chosen this concern to be treated as one of the main issues also today and I am looking forward to your inspiring ideas and conclusions in this area and all the others on your agenda.

I am especially happy to see many young faces in the audience. This makes me believe that our conference agenda is still up-to-date and attractive for young people, which is a great promise for the future. 

Let me wish you all a good day of discussions and a pleasant stay in Prague.

Thank you for your attention.

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