Mongolia, Iraq and Colombia representatives speak at disarmament conference

Dignitaries from Iraq, Mongolia and Columbia spoke at the continuing conference on disarmament at the United Nations on Thursday.

Minister of Foreign Affairs for Iraq, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari spoke of the increasing challenges that are posed by terror organizations and regional crises that the international community faces. He said that the conference and resulting disarmament efforts are at a critical point. The minister reiterated Iraq's intention of continuing non-proliferation and disarmament efforts and its obligations to the international community. He noted that Iraq supports the development of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, like within the energy sector. He said that this can be incredibly beneficial to a growing economy.

Al-Jaafari concluded with a wish that the conference would be able to develop a program for this year to aid in global disarmament.

Mongolia was represented by its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lundeg Purevsuren. He said that it was a privilege to address the international community, and highlighted the need to move forward with discussions and avoiding an apparent stalemate. He noted that Mongolia has been a member of international frameworks as a part of their efforts on non-proliferation.

The minister called for states to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which was introduced nearly 20 years ago.

Vice-Minister for Multilateral Affairs of Columbia Francisco Echeverri Lara discussed the looming Doomsday Clock, a figurative representation of potential global catastrophe. He noted that the clock's panel of experts moved it forward by two minutes, which puts the clock at three minutes until the final hour, the highest it has ever been. The clock is determined by events relating to arms acquisition and climate change threats.

The vice-minister lamented that illicit conventional arms acquisition was an issue that was not given a priority within the conference's scope.