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  • 3 July 2017

    “Fifteen years after its inception and signing by 138 states, the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation remains the only multilateral instrument that sets standards against the proliferation of ballistic missiles,” Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki told members of the diplomatic corps at a meeting.

     

    The deputy head of Polish diplomacy presented information on Poland’s recent activities in disarmament and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.


    “The proliferation of ballistic missiles, particularly those capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction, continues to be a serious threat to international peace and security,” emphasised the deputy minister and noted Poland’s assuming the chairmanship of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC), a transparency and confidence building instrument concerning the spread of ballistic missiles.


    The goals of the Polish chairmanship of the HCoC in 2017-2018 will include improving the implementation of Code provisions, its further universalisation, enhancing cooperation between the Code and the UN-based system, and raising awareness of the HCoC among the wider public.


    Poland has also assumed the chairmanship of the Second Preparatory Committee for the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference set to take place in 2018. For nearly 50 years, the NPT has been the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and the essential treaty in maintaining a global strategic balance. During its presidency, Poland will be encouraging states to engage in open dialogue on the challenges facing the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and work to build understanding between states ahead of the NPT Review Conference in 2020.


    “The fact that Poland has assumed such responsible functions shows confidence in our country “as an active and reliable participant of the global non-proliferation regime,” said Deputy Minister Cichocki. “Together with our non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, it represents Poland’s contribution to reinforcing global peace and security,” he added.


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