The Permanent Representative of Iraq to Geneva Delivers Nuclear Disarmament Statement on Behalf of Group of 21

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq in Geneva Dr. Abbas Khadim Obaid  gave the Nuclear Disarmament Statement on behalf of the Group of 21 in the Conference on Disarmament, during which he stressed that the Conference on Disarmament was the sole multilateral negotiating body on disarmament, welcoming  the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones in Africa and Latin America, and expressed disappointment at the failure of the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to reach consensus on the outcome document of the Conference, calling upon the sponsors of the 1995 Middle East resolution .

  In conclusion, the Deputy Permanent Representative stressed the importance of the nuclear-weapon States’ commitment to the elimination of their nuclear weapons and the elimination of the role of nuclear weapons in security and military doctrines, stressing the importance of negotiating a universal, unconditional and legally binding instrument to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use of nuclear weapons or threat of their use, as well as the negotiation in the Conference on Disarmament of a convention banning the development, production, stockpiling, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, providing for the destruction of such weapons, leading to the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide and verifiable within a specified time frame..