Pugwash note on the outcome of the 10th NPT Review Conference

Pugwash notes with regret that the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) have not been able to achieve consensus on a Final Document at the Tenth Review Conference. The NPT is an important element of the multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation regime, and all Parties must continue to support it in the search for a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Full compliance with all commitments contained therein is vital for the achievement of this shared objective. Regretfully, work in this direction is made now more difficult by various tensions in some parts of the world. The gap between the expectations of the various parties should be carefully addressed, given the urgency of restoring a stronger consensus about the NPT, and of reducing tensions and consequent dangers.