Dignitaries from Italy, Ireland and Chile speak at disarmament conference
Representing Italy was Benedetto Della Vedova, undersecretary of state for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He stated that the deadlocked nature of the conference was inappropriate, and that measures should be made to move discussions and its wok forward. Vedova also expressed Italy's support in ongoing efforts between the P5+1 nations and Iran regarding the latter's nuclear program. He also recounted the role Italy played in the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons.
Charles Flanagan, Ireland's minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, reiterated the importance of disarmament efforts, calling it one of the most important moral questions for our time. He stated that any nuclear weapons' detonation would be catastrophic to global stability for many generations. He also expressed that there was a need to increase the role of women and their representation on matters of disarmament. He cited research that indicated that three women would develop cancer from radiation for every two men.
Edgardo Riveros, Chile's vice minister for Foreign Affairs, spoke of the need for the conference's members to rethink their methods and increase cooperation with civil society. He expressed disappointment that the conference was not opened to representatives of this community. Riveros also stated that the goal for the international community should be to ensure that all nations can achieve international security despite size and military might. He closed urging that all member states of the United Nations should have representation at this conference.