Vietnam, as an active member of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) and
one of its Presidents in 2009, always gives full support and makes
contributions to the work of the Conference.
The statement was made by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at a CD meeting in Geneva , Switzerland , on February 26.
“Since its first participation in the Conference’s meetings in 1983
and its becoming a full member of the Conference in 1996, Vietnam
has always attached great importance to the CD as the sole global forum
responsible for the discussions and negotiations on international
disarmament treaties,” he said.
Minh stated that
Vietnam is aware of the challenges facing the CD in reaffirming its
role and credibility and sharing the common concern and interest of
He expressed his belief that with the
CD’s adoption of its agenda for 2013, an early endorsement and
implementation of a balanced and comprehensive programme of work is the
only way to break the deadlock.
reiterated the strong commitments of the Vietnamese Government to
supporting all efforts for general and complete disarmament.
“ Vietnam stands ready to collaborate with all member states to
work out a solution helping the CD produce positive results. We welcome
and will actively engage in the deliberations for initiatives aimed at
promote the CD’s work”, he affirmed.
sidelines of the CD February 26 session, Minister Minh had bilateral
meetings with Monaco Foreign Minister Jose Badia, Croatian Deputy
Foreign Minister Josko Klisovic and Justice Minister of Rwanda Tharcisse
The CD 2013 meetings are taking place
in Geneva from February 25 to March 1 with the participation of
delegations from many countries worldwide.
Established in 1979 as a result of the first special session of the UN
General Assembly, the CD currently consists of 67 members representing
almost all regions and groups of countries with diverse levels of