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International Commission on NNP

Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi co-chaired the first meetings of the International Commission on Nuclear Non Proliferation, which also includes former senior diplomats from Russia, France, Pakistan, the United States, China and six other countries.

The commission was announced by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on a visit to Japan in June. He said at the time its purpose would be to restore and strengthen fragmenting support for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which dates back to 1968 but has not been signed by nuclear powers India, Pakistan or Israel. The group aims to influence a review of the treaty that is due in 2010.

One topic on the agenda is a recent US nuclear accord with India, which would reverse more than three decades of US policy barring the sale of nuclear fuel and technology to countries that have not yet signed the treaty.

Commissioners from other members India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Britain were unable to attend the talks in Sydney.

Mr Evans, who was Australian foreign minister from 1988 to 1996 and who since 2000 has headed the Brussels-based nongovernment organization the International Crisis Group, said reining in the spread of nuclear weapons was as serious an issue the global financial crisis.

 

Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi co-chaired the first meetings of the International Commission on Nuclear Non Proliferation, which also includes former senior diplomats from Russia, France, Pakistan, the United States, China and six other countries.

The commission was announced by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on a visit to Japan in June. He said at the time its purpose would be to restore and strengthen fragmenting support for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which dates back to 1968 but has not been signed by nuclear powers India, Pakistan or Israel. The group aims to influence a review of the treaty that is due in 2010.

One topic on the agenda is a recent US nuclear accord with India, which would reverse more than three decades of US policy barring the sale of nuclear fuel and technology to countries that have not yet signed the treaty.

Commissioners from other members India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Britain were unable to attend the talks in Sydney.

Mr Evans, who was Australian foreign minister from 1988 to 1996 and who since 2000 has headed the Brussels-based nongovernment organization the International Crisis Group, said reining in the spread of nuclear weapons was as serious an issue the global financial crisis.