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“New START” agreement

“New START” agreement

Published on April 8, 2010
Statement by Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, April 8 2010

France warmly welcomes the signature today in Prague, by Presidents Obama and Medvedev, of a new bilateral agreement to reduce their stockpiles of strategic offensive weapons.

This success sends a positive signal ahead of the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which opens on 3 May.

France, who, with her European partners, urges the continuation of the bilateral Russian-American process of reducing nuclear arsenals, commends this. This is an important element of the European Action Plan on Disarmament adopted by the 27 European Union Heads of State and Government under French presidency. Reducing Russian and American nuclear arsenals is indeed a disarmament priority, since these two countries still hold nearly 95% of the global nuclear weapons stockpile.

This new treaty shows the determination of the American and Russian Presidents to work resolutely for nuclear disarmament. France, who – for many years – has taken concrete, irreversible and unequalled measures concerning disarmament, fully supports the United States and Russia in this effort. She is delighted that other nuclear powers are committing to the path which, along with the United Kingdom, she has marked out for over a decade now, based on a posture of strict sufficiency of nuclear arsenals./.

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