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Statement of the Republic of Estonia at the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group informal consultative meeting, 2 March 2017

02.03.2017

Madam Chairperson, let me first congratulate you on your designation for a Chairmanship of the FMCT high-level expert preparatory group. We wish you all the success in fulfilling your important mandate.
Estonia supported the 2016 UN General Assembly Resolution on FMCT, which was presented by Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. We hope that the work to be carried out by the high-level preparatory group, complemented by open ended consultative meetings with broader UN membership, will bring us yet another consensus report containing recommendations on the elements of the future treaty to be provided to the Conference on Disarmament. We hope, that this will bring the Conference on Disarmament closer to future negotiations on this important issue, which would significantly strengthen the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation architecture. We agree with the main outcomes of the GGE including common understanding, that various perspectives on a treaty should not be obstacle for commencement of the negotiations.
Estonia shares the ultimate goals of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and to this end continues to support a realistic and practical approach towards nuclear disarmament as the work on the elements of the future FMCT clearly is. We support the notion, that this Treaty should be legally binding, non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable.
The Government of Estonia, upon the invitation of the UN Secretary General, has nominated an expert to participate in the work of the Group. We believe, that her valuable professional experience will contribute substantially to all aspects of a future Treaty.
Finally, Madam Chairperson, we are determined to contribute to the multilateral efforts to bring us closer to the commencing negotiations on the FMCT without delay, which is a clear priority of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation community. You can be assured of my delegation’s full support and cooperation.

Thank you, Madam Chairperson.

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