Conference on Disarmament holds plenary meeting

The Conference on Disarmament met Tuesday under its new president, Mohamed Auajjar of Morocco, and the Secretary-General of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL).

Auajjar reiterated the importance of globalized security as it is connected with the security of individual countries. He called for negotiations at the conference to resume and said the conference would continue on an informal basis with consultations on draft texts during the previous president's tenure.

OPANAL Secretary-General Luiz Filipe De Macedo Soares introduced the organization as an international party aiming for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation activity. During his address, he also detailed the activity of both the organization and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically the establishment of nuclear weapons-free zones and the Treaty of Tlateloco.

Delegations from the U.S., India and Brazil also took the floor. Representatives from the U.S. lamented that the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom ceased its conference coverage, and said they hope the league will return as discussions resume. The delegation welcomed the call of a Civil Society Forum on the Conference on Disarmament.

The delegation from India welcomed students from the University of Geneva, and expressed that youth interest was promising for new generations to continue the work of disarmament in the future. They also said it was important to use the break until the conference resumes in May as a time to take into consideration the big picture and suggested additional meetings on the draft texts.

Delegates from Brazil commented on the formation of OPANAL, as it was implemented as a part of the Treaty of Tlateloco, and pointed out that the Non-Proliferation Treaty did not include such a mechanism.

The next public plenary of the Conference will take place Tuesday.