Tuomioja concludes high-level segment of disarmament conference

Finland's minister of foreign affairs concluded his participation in the high-level segment of the United Nation's conference on disarmament on Monday.

Like others before him, Erkki Tuomioja said the apparent conference stalemate was a concern. He also said there is a need for more women to be involved with disarmament discussions, especially with regard to the U.N. Security Council's resolution on Women, Peace and Security.

Tuomioja also explained the effort to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program, reiterating Finland's continued support of this measure. Findings from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons indicated the use of chlorine gas on civilians and that the Bashar al-Assad regime might have been responsible.

He also said Russia and the U.S. should focus on reduction of nuclear arms and to place all kinds of weapons under this category under an international treaty system. The minister encouraged further meetings in the period up until the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The gridlock at the conference, he said, was a great concern and could lead to being sidelined. Tuomioja called for expansion of participating parties to allow its legitimacy to grow.

Following his statements, China's permanent representative Fu Cong gave a general address regarding arms disarmament and technology in outer space and cyberspace.

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