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Thursday, October 1, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 1 OCT 2009 (VIS) - Between 22 and 26 September Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Holy See secretary for Relations with States, participated in a number of meetings held at the United Nations in New York.

  On 24 September he addressed participants in the UN Security Council summit on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. Speaking English, the archbishop said that "the Holy See urges concerned States to adopt clear and firm decisions and commitments, and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament".

  Likewise, the Holy See encourages "the nuclear-weapon States and those which possess such weapons to ratify all the protocols to the Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone treaties and strongly supports efforts to establish such a zone in the Middle East".

  Also on 24 September, Archbishop Mamberti participated in the sixth conference for the facilitation of the implementation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He invited all States that do still not form part of the CTBT to adhere to it as soon as possible, and those "whose ratification is necessary in order for it to come into force" to do likewise.

  "For these States, the present moment is a unique opportunity to show the entire human family valiant leadership and an exalted sense of political responsibility", he said. "The conference due to examine the non-proliferation of nuclear arms and the process of universalisation of the CTBT will generate important guidelines for creating a climate of confidence for multilateral dialogue, through coherent and responsible co-operation among all members of the international community".
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