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UK Offers to Host Disarmament Conference

The UK Government has offered to host a conference of all five recognized nuclear weapon states to address the difficult technical challenges of verifying nuclear disarmament.

British Defence Secretary of State Des Browne made the offer at a speech to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva..

"For the first time, I am proposing to host a conference for technical experts from all five recognized nuclear states, to develop technologies for nuclear disarmament," Des Browne said.

"At the center of this offer are the skills and expertise of UK(United Kingdom) scientists at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Those skills will form the basis of pioneering technical research into nuclear disarmament - to become a 'nuclear disarmament laboratory'," he said.

The UK Government has offered to host a conference of all five recognized nuclear weapon states to address the difficult technical challenges of verifying nuclear disarmament.

British Defence Secretary of State Des Browne made the offer at a speech to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva..

"For the first time, I am proposing to host a conference for technical experts from all five recognized nuclear states, to develop technologies for nuclear disarmament," Des Browne said.

"At the center of this offer are the skills and expertise of UK(United Kingdom) scientists at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Those skills will form the basis of pioneering technical research into nuclear disarmament - to become a 'nuclear disarmament laboratory'," he said.

Des Browne highlighted disarmament that has already been achieved and the need to have a forward plan for a world free of nuclear weapons in order to maintain global support for countering nuclear proliferation.

"The proliferation of nuclear material, technology and weapons represents a grave threat to international security. These challenges require a global solution," he said. "The international architecture to promote disarmament and counter proliferation is extensive, but still not sufficient. So we must continue to address these threats internationally."

He said that nuclear Weapons States must show forward commitment to disarmament in order to maintain broad support from the Non-Nuclear Weapons States on countering proliferation.

"The UK is determined to have a world free of nuclear weapons. But to get there we must first create an international environment that better supports disarmament," he said.

The UK hopes that the offered technical conference could be held before the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2010 to enable the five states to demonstrate their engagement in a process of mutual confidence building and trust.

As one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states, the UK set out its position in the 2006 White Paper as maintaining "minimum deterrence".