Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V. Rybakov took part in the general debate of the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on October 8, 2014.
The Belarusian diplomat focused on one of the most sensitive and difficult-to-tackle issues – elimination of nuclear as well as other weapons of mass destruction. He maintained that to be effective such international instruments as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty require universal adherence.
V. Rybakov maintained that when it comes to anything that is associated with nuclear weapons this should be nothing else but the path to comprehensive and irreversible zero, which includes: zero nuclear weapons research, zero nuclear tests and, finally, zero tolerance to the very existence of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.
V. Rybakov underlined that Belarus on the path to zero over two decades.
By joining the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in July 1993 as a non-nuclear-weapon state Belarus has become the first state in the post-Soviet area to renounce voluntarily and without any preconditions possession of operational nuclear weapons deployed on its territory.
In the mid-1990s Belarus was the first to announce the idea of establishment of a nuclear weapons free zone in Central and Eastern Europe.
Belarus is the country that for decades has been advocating in the United Nations the prohibition of development and manufacturing of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons.
V. Rybakov outlined that at the 69th session of the General Assembly Belarus will table the traditional resolution titled «Prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons: report of the Conference on Disarmament».
The Belarusian diplomat called upon all United Nations Member-States to join on the path to zero and to support this resolution.