GSN, June 15).
The foreign ministers for the countries in a collective 23-point
statement voiced "deep concern and frustration" over a years-old
deadlock at the international Conference on Disarmament, and urged the
65-nation forum to pursue an agenda including a prompt start to
discussions on a fissile material cutoff treaty.
"Such a treaty remains an essential step towards a world without
nuclear weapons," said the chief envoys for Australia, Canada, Chile,
Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United
Arab Emirates. The officials met late last week in Istanbul, Turkey.