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Czech contribution to the "Prague Agenda"

Prague has played a crucial role in the field of arms control, disarmament, non proliferation, and nuclear security since 2009 when president Obama outlined his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons (the so-called “Prague Agenda”), and signed the arms control treaty New START with Russia there the subsequent year.

As the Czech Republic’s contribution to the international debate on nuclear weapons and nuclear safety, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host the third conference of the “Prague Agenda” on September 5-6, 2013. The conference will give chance to assess the results of recent non-proliferation and arms control events, focus on the issue of strategic stability with Russia and China as well as elaborate on the new initiate by president Obama in his June Berlin speech in which he announced that he is ready to negotiate with Russia further reduction of deployed strategic nuclear weapons. This year’s Prague conference will consist of an academic conference, expert workshop and the main public forum, and the Czech Republic is delighted to have Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security as a key participant.

The Czech Republic is also a regular contributor to the annual Generation Prague Conference in Washington D.C. organized by the State Department. This forum also builds on the president Obama’s vision, and focuses on the young audience and future leaders in the Prague Agenda field. This year’s conference titled „Building a Strategy of Peace” was held on July 16-17 and has recognized the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s speech at American University in which he called for the United States and the Soviet Union to relax tensions, end the nuclear arms race, and work towards disarmament. The conference featured high level representation from the administration including Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz and Acting Under Secretary of Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller, and also Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Jaroslav Zajicek, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Czech Republic addressed the audience in the panel focused on the international views on the Prague Agenda. In his remarks Mr. Zajicek stressed the active role the Czech Republic is playing in the area of nuclear security and non-proliferation, for example through the current chairmanship of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. He spoke about the need for close security, defense and economic cooperation between the US and the European allies and the need for the ongoing US reassurance of the NATO partners provided by the joint defense exercises, effective NATO missile defense architecture, and also, at present, through the US nuclear weapons in Europe.

Secretary Moniz with Acting Undersecretary Gottemoeller

Senator Shaheen

DCM Zajicek in the panel on the international views of the Prague Agenda

Photo credit: State Department