the outset, I would like to join the preceding speakers in
congratulating you for assuming the important responsibility of
presiding over this Conference. My delegation and I commend you for the
skillful manner in which you are presiding over our deliberations and
wish to assure you of our full support and cooperation.
would like to align ourselves with the statements made by the
distinguished representatives of Iran and Nigeria, for and on behalf of
the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the African Union, respectively.
the following are additional remarks in my national capacity:
would like to convey our deep condolences and solidarity to the
Government and the people of Nepal following the powerful devastating
earthquake that struck the country last week.
Conference provides us with a unique opportunity to recommit to the
goals and objectives of the NPT, which has been in force for the past 45
years. It also provides us with an opportunity to undertake a frank
assessment of the implementation of the Treaty, by both nuclear and
non-nuclear weapons States alike.
acceded to the NPT 21 years after it had entered into force. Despite
the delay in acceding and our reservations thereof, we remain truthful
and committed to the Treaty, and our vision for a stable, secure, safer
world, free of all weapons of mass destruction has never faltered.
assessment of the implementation of the NPT over the years is somewhat
troubling. During the 45 years of its implementation, the world has
witnessed an unabated development of nuclear weapons, both qualitatively
and quantitatively, with a few States entering the league of nuclear
are especially concerned that, while most non-nuclear weapon States
have lived up to their side of the bargain, the nuclear-weapon states
are falling short in their obligations.
disparity needs redress. Among other issues, the Conference must
address the gaps that persist in the implementation of the NPT and make
concrete recommendations for bridging them.
believe that those who ascribe to the goals of the NPT, nuclear and
non-nuclear weapon States alike, need to do more to demonstrate to the
non-State parties and the strayed, that NPT remains the only viable way
towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We believe, it is
actions not pronouncements that would yield the eagerly anticipated goal
of the universalization of the NPT.
of Nuclear Weapons is an urgent global imperative. The humanitarian
consequences of any nuclear weapon detonation would undoubtedly be
has the assurance of not only spreading across our borders but also to
irreparably contaminate our environment and ensure dire consequences to
the natural ecosystem, permanently destroying it for generations to
nuclear devastation as witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945
would be manifold in the current context. Therefore, our reaffirmation
to save successive generations of the scourge of nuclear weapons must be
real and tangible.
is therefore in the interest of the very survival of humanity that
nuclear weapons are NEVER AGAIN used in our world, under any
circumstances. A legal instrument prohibiting such usage should
therefore strengthen the NPT by fulfilling the Treaty's disarmament and
instrument would fulfill and strengthen the NPT by creating conditions
for disarmament, including establishing clear guidelines against the
possession and use of nuclear weapons. In our view, it would also
challenge the ill-advised assertion that nuclear weapons provide
need not overemphasize the fact that the NPT in its broader perspective
is the cornerstone of world efforts aimed at the eventual cessation of
the arms race and the elimination of nuclear weapons.
sincerely hope and expect that all commitments, which constitute the
integral part of the Treaty, will be fully respected and implemented.
United Republic of Tanzania believes that significant progress in
Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Non-Proliferation are necessary as these
two are closely related and mutually reinforcing. We believe that, the
slow pace of Nuclear Disarmament weakens the Non-Proliferation regime.
derives its legitimacy from the larger objective of Nuclear
Disarmament. Therefore, the two regimes should be pursued simultaneously
and not one at the cost of the other.
the challenges hindering the move towards complete disarmament and
Non-Proliferation regime is the delay of the entry into force of the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
ratified the CTBT in 2004 and in this regard we call for the urgent
entry into force of the Treaty, as such would contribute to the
achievement of a nuclear free world.
We would also like to underscore the importance of effective and balanced implementation among member states.
order to achieve the purpose of the Treaty, we wish to emphasize the
vital role played by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in
the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and creation of a conducive
environment for nuclear cooperation.
this regard, we call upon the IAEA to ensure that Nuclear Technology
for peaceful purposes and any other assistance is availed to all Member
States in good faith, without any discrimination, and calls for
countries with Nuclear Arsenals to comply with the Treaty provisions
without any pre-conditions.
delegation commends the essential contribution of some Non – Nuclear
Weapon States to the establishment of Nuclear Free Zones.
initiatives are certainly a valuable contribution to international
peace and security. Tanzania is a State party to the African Nuclear
Weapon Free Zones Treaty (Pelindaba Treaty), which derived from these
implementation of this treaty constitutes an important step towards the
goal of a nuclear free world. My country extends support to the call
towards the establishment of Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle
East. Tanzania believes that, this effort will not only contribute to
the peace and stability in the Middle East but also to the wider
this regard, we are in favour of the call for the Conference on the
establishment of a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle East. In the
same vein, we call upon the nuclear weapon States to ratify, without any
reservations, the relevant instruments associated with the said Zones,
including on negative security assurances.
again, we wish to reiterate that the disarmament of nuclear weapons is
possible because neither their possession nor their existence is in our
collective best interest. In our view, nuclear disarmament should have
happened a long time ago so that, by now, we should have been talking
about enabling disadvantaged populations to “live in larger freedom” as
per the Charter of the United Nations. Let us speak with one voice, and
commit ourselves to having a common political will that could be the
essential driving force for Nuclear Disarmament, which would ensure the
Nuclear Free World that all humanity deserves.
United Republic of Tanzania believes strongly and shall continue to be
in the pursuit of this positive path towards the achievement of a
NUCLEAR FREE WORLD.
I THANK YOU.