The First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Ruslan Demchenko took part in the opening of international seminar “Evaluation of Implementation and the Role of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 into Achieving the Aims of Non-Proliferation and Disarmament”, which is organized in the framework of Ukraine’s OSCE Chairmanship this year.
In his address First Deputy Minister underlined the importance for Ukraine of dialogue on the issues of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and outlined practical role of Ukraine in the implementation of the three priorities of the international community in this sphere.
Special attention in the intervention was paid to the nuclear non-proliferation, first of all in the context of celebration next year of the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s joining the NPT as the non-nuclear state and signing of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances.
In this context the First Deputy Minister drew attention to the respectful initiative, which was announced by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich during the general debates of the 68-th session of the UN General Assembly.
Participants of the international seminar on the UN SC Resolution 1540 implementation were also addressed by the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane in their video-messages.