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ASEAN wooing nuclear powers on disarmament push

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

NUSA DUA, BALI   /   Tue, July 19 2011   /  07:00 am

ASEAN is set to let the ball roll on having five nuclear weapon states sign the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty protocols after reaching a consensus on the issue.

ASEAN will bring four main elements to the 2007-2012 plan of action as its member states’ common reference for future consultation with the nuclear weapon states, Foreign Minister and current chair of ASEAN Marty Natalegawa said Monday after a SEANWFZ commission meeting at the ministerial level.

The four discussion points endorsed during that meeting were, compliance with the undertaking of the SEANWFZ Treaty, accession by nuclear weapon states, cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other partners and the institution arrangement, he said.

“There was special emphasis on the second element, namely accession by nuclear weapon states. It is because this...