Azerbaijani FM: "We remain concerned about existing and emerging nuclear security threats"
- 10 February 2020
"Azerbaijan closely follows the ongoing worldwide trends in nuclear security," said Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the International Conference on "Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts", APA reports.
"We support existing nuclear security initiatives and pay special attention to the international multilateral mechanisms in this area. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is the backbone of the global regime for nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Sharing international community’s concerns about nuclear security issues, especially regarding proliferation of nuclear weapons, Azerbaijan ratified NPT after regaining its independence and actively supported extension of the Treaty indefinitely in 1995.
We remain concerned about existing and emerging nuclear security threats and committed to addressing them. In the current security environment the possibility of using nuclear or other radioactive material for malicious purposes cannot be ruled out. The global nature of this challenge requires concerted action from all States. Non-compliance with NPT-safeguards agreements threatens sustainability of the non-proliferation regime and security of Member States. In this regard, IAEA safeguards are unique contribution to international peace and security.
We welcome the Agency’s verification and monitoring activities in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions 2231. We underscore the significance of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which reflects the success of the multilateral negotiations and diplomacy and acknowledge that the successful implementation of JCPOA requires the complete fulfilment of the obligations by all the parties for allowing them to fully enjoy the benefits provided in JCPOA", said Mr Mammadyarov.