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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

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  • NON-PROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT

  • The tasks of the Polish foreign policy in the area of WMD non-proliferation is basically based on activity within the European Union. The European Union supports disarmament negotiations designed to lead to the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the proposed Treaty Banning the Production of Fissile Material for Nuclear Weapons or Other Nuclear Explosive Devices (FMCT). It also attaches great importance to the maintenance of standards of non-proliferation unequivocally condemning the cases of failure on the part of states to meet their obligations in this area. In addition to activities in the sphere of diplomacy, the EU also implements a number of practical projects under the so-called Instrument for Stability to minimise the risks of proliferation in countries that are most vulnerable to these threats.

     

    A special place in the Polish non-proliferation policy is taken by the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Republic of Poland is one of the most active members of the OPCW. It chaired the main political bodies: the Conference of the States Parties (2004-05) and the Executive Council (1998-99). Polish representatives were also members of the advisory bodies (the Scientific Advisory Board, the Advisory Body on Administrative and Financial Matters). In cooperation with the OPCW, a number of projects were organised in Poland (including the exercises of OPCW inspectors in the area of investigation in the case of alleged use of chemical weapons in 2000, a seminar on the technology of destruction of toxic chemicals on the example of adamsite, a conference on chemical weapons dumped in the Baltic Sea). Together with the Netherlands, Poland organised a High Level Meeting on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Convention (New York, 27 September 2007). During the next session of the UN General Assembly the Republic of Poland is the sponsor of the resolution on the implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (CWC). In  2009-2011 Poland was a member of the Executive Council of the OPCW. In May 2012, Poland hosted in Warsaw the Eleventh Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in Eastern Europe.

     

    Poland is an active member and leader in the region of Central and Eastern Europe of the Krakow Initiative (Proliferation Security Initiative), under which it organised and co-organised numerous international training sessions and conferences.

     

    As a participant in global processes, the Republic of Poland keeps track of the international debate on disarmament and non-proliferation, especially Russian-American talks on strategic arms reduction.  Deep reductions in arsenals of countries with the largest stocks of nuclear weapons may be important in bringing about complete nuclear disarmament, with the participation of all countries. The Republic of Poland, by engaging in international fora, is seeking to create a constructive climate for disarmament negotiations.

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