U.N. Conference on Disarmament members give statements in Geneva

Dato Mazlan Muhammad of Malaysia, the president of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, joined representatives from eight countries in delivering statements on Tuesday in Geneva.

Muhammad said that his priority as president will be to finalize a report from the Conference to send to the U.N. General Assembly. The president used the example of the ban on landmines and cluster munitions as proof that the world will not wait for the Conference to act, stressing the importance of breaking a stalemate among its members.

Muhammad also said that Malaysia's priority is nuclear disarmament as the weapons present a clear and present danger to humanity.

The Conference also heard remarks from Japanese representatives and the youth communicator for a World without Nuclear Weapons who spoke about the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Other speakers at the Conference included representatives from the U.S., Myanmar, Russia, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. Representatives from the United Kingdom discussed a report by the U.K. as coordinator of informal meetings on the Conference's agenda item to prevent an arms race in outer space.

The next plenary of the Conference will take place on Aug. 26 when the Conference will hear comments on its draft annual report to the General Assembly.