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UNGA Disarmament Index 2013: A–G

This is an index of all references made to issues of disarmament, peace, and security, made in the 68th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly from 24 September–1 October 2013. Included in this index are all references made to arms control, disarmament, nuclear and conventional weapons, nuclear energy, the arms trade, and militarism.

A-G | H-R | S-Z

UN Secretary-General | UN General Assembly President
Afghanistan | Albania | Algeria | Andorra | Angola | Antigua and Barbuda | Argentina | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan
Bahamas | Bahrain | Bangladesh | Barbados | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Benin | Bhutan | Bolivia | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Botswana | Brazil | Brunei Darussalam | Bulgaria | Burkina Faso | Burundi
Cambodia | Cameroon | Canada | Cape Verde | Central African Republic | Chad | Chile | China | Colombia | Community of Latin American and Caribbean States | Comoros | Congo | Costa Rica | Côte d'Ivoire | Croatia | Cuba | Cyprus | Czech Republic
Democratic People's Republic of Korea | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Denmark | Djibouti | Dominica | Dominican Republic
Ecuador | Egypt | El Salvador | Equatorial Guinea | Eritrea | Estonia | Ethiopia | European Union
Fiji | Finland | France
Gabon | Gambia | Georgia | Germany | Ghana | Greece | Grenada | Guatemala | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Guyana

United Nations Secretary-General
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
24 September 2013

Arms Trade Treaty: “There will be little peace or enjoyment of human rights unless we confront a world awash in deadly weapons. The past year saw the promising adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, finally regulating the international transfer of conventional weapons.”

Nuclear weapons, small arms and light weapons: “But nuclear disarmament is languishing. Deadly weapons are proliferating. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is still not in force. And small arms continue to kill and maim.”

Chemical weapons, conventional weapons: “We have seen the worst chemical weapons attack on civilians in a quarter century.... The Syrian Government must fully and quickly honour the obligations it has assumed in acceding to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The international community must bring to justice the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria - confirmed unequivocally by the UN Investigation Mission. The international community must also, with equal determination, ensure the safeguarding and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and programmes. But we can hardly be satisfied with destroying chemical weapons while the wider war is still destroying Syria. The vast majority of the killing and atrocities have been carried out with conventional weapons. I appeal to all States to stop fuelling the bloodshed and to end the arms flows to all parties. I look forward to the imminent adoption of an enforceable Security Council resolution on chemical weapons.... The response to the heinous use of chemical weapons has created diplomatic momentum - the first signs of unity in fat- too long.”

Militarism: “Military victory is an illusion. The only answer is a political settlement.”

“Meanwhile, at a time of pressing human need, spending on weapons remains absurdly high. Let us get our priorities right and invest in people instead of wasting billions on deadly weapons.”

President of the 68th General Assembly (opening remarks)
H.E. Ambassador John W. Ashe
24 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “Now with clear awareness that the scourge of chemical warfare has been unleashed in Syria, we are as a community of nations confronted by a need to address this wrong.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “It was little more than five months ago, on April 2nd, that for the first time in the history of its engagement with conventional weapons, the General Assembly was able to adopt an Arms Trade Treaty regulating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. It is expected that this instrument – which has now been signed by 83 states, and ratified by four - will help significantly reduce the murderous and destabilizing effects of the proliferation of such weapons.”

Afghanistan
H.E. Mr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs
27 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Albania
H.E. Mr. Edi Rama, Prime Minister
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “ The recent large-scale use of chemical weapons constitutes a despicable crime, a crime against humanity, which should no and must not remain unpunished. Yet even within such a bleak picture, a glimpse of hope has been born. The Security Council has finally adopted yesterday a resolution on the removal and destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, which we welcome. It must now be quickly and fully implemented.”

Algeria
H.E. Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Minister of Foreign Affairs
26 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “Algeria reaffirms its rejection of the threat or use of weapons of mass destruction. In this regard, it condemns the use of chemical weapons and the perpetrators under whatever the circumstances in the Syrian conflict. In welcoming the initiative of Russia and the Russian-American agreement and that the Syrian accession to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Algeria calls for political dynamics leading to the convening of the Geneva Conference II and the achievement of a political solution between the Syrian parties. Algeria reiterates its encouragement and support for Lakhdar Brahimi in the conduct of its peace efforts.”

Andorra
H.E. Mr. Antoni Martí Petit
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “The use of chemical weapons against civil population, which we condemn and which is contrary to ail the values that this General Assembly stands for, places the international community in a scenario that requires fair and strong answers.”

Angola
H.E. Mr. Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice-President
27 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Antigua and Barbuda
H.E. Mr. Winston Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister
25 September 2013

Small arms: “Vulnerable developing societies such as ours are also victims to the globalization of crime; notably in the havoc wrought by handguns in the possession of criminal elements; narco-trafficking targeted, essentially, to markets in developed countries; and the deportation of criminals to our shores.”

Arms Trade Treaty, small arms: “Antigua and Barbuda is proud to be among the growing number of states that have thus far signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty. This Treaty, would, among other things, assist Antigua and Barbuda in enhancing our capacity to tackle the scourge created by the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and their ammunition, which is associated with other trans-boundary crimes, such as drug trafficking. We have emphasized throughout the whole process that these crimes have impacted negatively on the socio-economic well-being of our societies. Antigua and Barbuda stresses the importance of the early entry into force of the ATT and will continue to work with alacrity with member states to ensure its entry into force.”

Argentina
H.E. Mrs Cristina Fernandez, President
24 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Militarism: “Peace and security are not military concepts; they are political concepts ... That is why we appreciate that an agreement about the Syrian issue was made. We opposed to direct intervention, the bombing.”

Nuclear energy: “My country is a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Argentina remains one of the Latin American countries with one of the largest nuclear developments. Nuclear development that is done only in the bases of development and peaceful uses. We sell nuclear generators to Egypt, Algeria and Australia. We also have nuclear energy aimed for medicinal purposes. We do not go condemning the use of nuclear energy for military while moving nuclear submarines in our conflict for the Maldives ... We have no double standards, we are not hypocrites…”

Chemical weapons, conventional weapons: “Argentina, I highlight, does not produce chemical weapons. Not even sells conventional weapons. It would be interesting to find out who is providing weapons to rebel groups fighting the government of Syria…We want to know who provides the weapons of those confronting the Syrian government. This does not mean at all that we are taking part by anyone; we are just asking things that are very logical and are now a real business, like the arms business. Because, My God, was it expected that 1 000 people die due to chemical weapons to discover that 150,000 died? Why was an arms embargo not declared two years ago to prevent so many deaths? Well, those questions should be answered by those who sell weapons; so we can not give answers on this subject as we do not sell them, although we imagine.”

Armenia
H.E. Mr. Edward Nalbandyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “Armenia welcomes the resolution of  the Security Council 2118 adopted unanimously yesterday based on the agreement reached in Geneva between Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and US Secretary of State Kerry, which could lead to the elimination of chemical weapons and exclusion of their use in Syria and could pave the way to a political solution of the Syrian crisis, putting an end to the sufferings of the Syrian people.”

Conventional weapons: “We absolutely agree with the heads of the three Co-Chair countries, of the three permanent members of the Security Council, that the use of force will not resolve the conflict [between Armenia and Azerbaijan], and that only a negotiated settlement can lead to peace and stability. However, by the unprecedented accumulation of offensive weaponry in massive scale Azerbaijan seriously endangers regional and international security, despite its membership in the UN Security Council.”

Australia
H.E. Mrs. Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister
27 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “Along with the rest of the world, Australia has condemned the horrific chemical weapons attack on 21 August, as we have condemned the Assad regime's use of conventional weapons against its own people. (..) So Australia, as current President of the Security Council, will co-sponsor the draft resolution before the Council that condemns in the strongest terms any use of chemical weapons. The resolution will make clear - for the first time - that the use of chemical weapons is a threat to international peace and security, and in doing so set a new international norm which will help to deter future use. And it says those responsible for using such weapons must be brought to justice - a call we strongly endorse. We welcome that this draft resolution sets out in no uncertain terms that the Assad regime must comply fully with the requirement to destroy its chemical weapons. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons now needs strong international support for its role in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.”

Small arms: “We welcome the strong support the Security Council gave to Australia's resolution yesterday on small arms and light weapons. These weapons are a major driver of many conflicts that are brought to the attention of the Council.”

Disarmament, ATT: “And we continue to build on our record on security, disarmament and peacekeeping. As co-author, we worked to secure the adoption of the world's first Arms Trade Treaty, which has now been signed by the majority of the UN membership, with a further 18 signatories during the course of this week.”

Austria
H.E. Mr. Heinz Fischer, President
24 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “We were deeply shocked by the use of chemical weapons in Syria.”

“While we welcome the agreement reached between the United States and the Russian Federation on a framework for the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, we believe that the Security Council should refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. Accountability is necessary to stop the atrocities and prevent future crimes.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “Multilateral cooperation can deliver solutions to global problems. The historic accomplishment of the Arms Trade Treaty was an important sign in this regard. We look forward to its earliest possible entry into force.”

Disarmament, non-proliferation: “At the same time, the international disarmament and non-proliferation regime is being challenged day by day through alarming developments.”

DPRK nuclear programme: “We observe North Korea's continued development of nuclear weapons and missile capabilities.”

Iran’s nuclear programme: “And we have new hope that the Iranian nuclear issue will be resolved by negotiations which, after the election of a new Iranian President, should be resumed shortly.”

Nuclear weapons: “Similarly, the continued reliance on nuclear weapons and the limited progress towards nuclear disarmament are of great global concern. Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation efforts can only be achieved together. Nuclear weapons should be stigmatized, banned and eliminated. The humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons have to be put at the center of our attention.”

Azerbaijan
H.E. Mr. Elmar Maharram oglu Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “We welcome the adoption yesterday of Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) regarding the safeguarding and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. Azerbaijan strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria, particularly the killing of civilians that resulted from it. Resolution 2118 (2013) affirmed that the use of chemical weapons constitutes a serious violation of international law and also qualified such act as a threat to international peace and security.”

Bahamas (The)
H.E. Mr. Perry Gladstone Christie
28 September 2013

Small arms: “Another problem that is of special concern to us is the continuing influx of guns, and the increase in gun-related criminality, not only in The Bahamas but throughout the region.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “The Bahamas has this year signed the Arms Trade Treaty and we encourage all states that have not already done so to sign this Treaty as well. And to those countries that produce the guns that end up taking innocent lives and causing terror in our communities, we implore them to become more proactive in controlling the export of guns. We implore them to step up the policing of their own borders against arms traffickers.”

Bahrain
H.E. Mr. Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

Nuclear weapons, WMD: “In this context, we are keen to reach our principal goal of sparing humanity from the scourges of war, conflicts and disasters. We therefore call for the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction, notably nuclear weapons, in the Middle East, including the Arabian Gulf region and compliance with the criteria and safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency, especially as regards nuclear safety. From this perspective, we support the efforts of the P5+1 group with the Islamic Republic of Iran to reach a swift solution to the Iranian nuclear program issue in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of the Nuclear Weapons, while guaranteeing the right guaranteed to all states for the enjoyment of the fruits of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. We reiterate here the necessity of convening the international conference on establishing a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East which had initially been foreseen to be held in 2012 in accordance with the resolution of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference of May 2010.”

Chemical weapons: “Desirous of seeing stability restored in the Syrian Arab Republic, and cognizant of the right of the Syrian people to choose their own political system, the GCC countries welcome diplomatic steps towards destroying the Syrian chemical arsenal, the agreement reached by the United States and Russia, as well as Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) of September 27, 2013, which calls on all parties concerned to take serious and concrete steps to address the Syrian crisis and its repercussions (with particular emphasis operative paragraphs 16 and 17) related to the transitional period and implementation of the Geneva Communique.”

Bangladesh
H.E. Mrs. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister
27 September 2013

Disarmament, non-proliferation, CTBT, landmines, ATT, CCW: “Our commitment to global peace is … reflected by our position on disarmament and the non-proliferation agenda. During my first term as the Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001, Bangladesh became the first among South Asian nations to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Anti- Personnel Mine Ban Treaty. In the current term, I am happy to be again first in the region to he sign the Arms Trade Treaty, and accede to the remaining CCW instruments in this year's Treaty Signing Event. Our role on world affairs is based on justice and democratic values,which assures international peace and security, and supports disarmament.”

Barbados
H.E. Mrs. Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

Small arms: “In Barbados, and the Caribbean, illicit small arms and light weapons are the weapons of mass destruction. Primarily linked to international drug trafficking and other transnational organised crime, the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in the Caribbean exacts a heavy toll on state and citizen security and impairs national development.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “For this reason, Barbados, and CARICOM, consistently argued for the elaboration of a robust, legally-binding ATT, which would set the highest common international standards for regulating the transfer of conventional arms. Barbados is pleased therefore to be amongst those Member States which have signed the Arms Trade Treaty. It is our hope that the implementation of the Treaty will lead to a reduction in the flow of illicit small arms, light weapons, their ammunition, parts and components, thus contributing to the reduction in armed conflict and violence.”

Chemical weapons: “The findings of the UN Inspection Team that chemical weapons were used in Syria are alarming. My country believes that the perpetrators of these acts must be brought to account. Moreover we believe that the international community must work in good faith to find a political solution to the escalating and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.”

Belarus
H.E. Mr. Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs
28 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Belgium
H.E. Mr. Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister
26 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “It is in my country, in Ypres, Belgium, during the First World War, that chemical weapons were used for the first time in a conflict. We always have in mind the terrible suffering of thousands of soldiers. Nearly 100 years later, it is this suffering which now strikes thousands of Syrians. Despite the international protocol of 1925, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons. From Ypres to Damascus, History of the World is a common history.”

Belize
H.E. Mr. Wilfred P. Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

Chemical and biological weapons: “The situation in the Middle East troubles us. As responsible citizens of the world we condemn the use of chemical weapons and we welcome the framework agreement led by Russia and the United States of America and supported by the Security Council that should lead to the removal of all chemical and biological weapons from Syria. indeed, we call on other nations to abide by the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.”

Benin
H.E. Mr. Nassirou Bako Arifari, Minister of Foreign Affairs
26 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Arms Trade Treaty: “We need to strengthen the authority of international regulatory regimes and advance disarmament  as paralysis carries big risks for humanity. In this respect, there is reason to welcome the conclusion of the Treaty on Arms Trade.”

Chemical weapons:“We must constantly work to strengthen the ramparts of peace, without which any development would be a fruitless endeavor with regard to the destruction that follows and the disputes over their violations. I want them as prove of the atrocities that occur here and there, and sometimes at such an appalling scale as in Syria recently with the use of prohibited chemical weapons that we condemn in the strongest terms.”

Bhutan
H.E. Mr. Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Bolivia
H.E. Mr. Evo Morales Ayma, President
25 September 2013

Chemical weapons, nuclear weapons: “In Syria, we disagree with the use of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction. But who has the greatest nuclear arsenal? Who invented chemical weapons? Who industrialised chemical weapons?”

Outer space: “We’ve seen the colonialisation of outer space.”

Bosnia and Herzegovina
H.E. Mr. Zeljko Komšić, President
24 September 2013

Nuclear weapons: “In spite of visible obstacles of the last decade, new initiatives give new momentum to the process of disarmament and anti-proliferation. Bosnia and Herzegovina believes that nuclear disarmament can be achieved by encouraging member states that joined the Treaty to respect their obligations specified in the Non Proliferation Treaty.”

“Bosnia and Herzegovina believes that it is necessary to take tangible steps to prevent nuclearproliferation in the world.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “Bosnia and Herzegovina will sign the Arms Trade Treaty during the Arms Treaty Event.”

Botswana
H.E. Mr. Phandu T. C. Skelemani, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 October 2013

Arms Trade Treaty: “Botswana welcomes the adoption earlier this year, of the long overdue Arms Trade Treaty. The Treaty establishes common international standards for the regulation of international trade in conventional arms, ammunition, parts and components for the purpose of contributing to international peace and security. In this regard, I am delighted to report that arrangements are underway to facilitate the signing and ratification of this vital instrument in the very near future.”

Brazil
H.E. Mrs. Dilma Rousseff
, President

24 Sepember 2013

Chemical weapons, conventional weapons: “We must cease the use of arms - conventional or chemical, by the government or the rebels. There is no military outcome. The only solution is through negotiation, dialogue and understanding. The decision of Syria to adhere to the Chemical Weapons Convention and to immediately apply its provisions is of great importance. This measure is instrumental to overcome the conflict and to contribute to a world free of those arms. Their use, I repeat, is heinous and inadmissible under any circumstances. For this reason, we support the agreement reached between the United States and Russia for elimination of Syrian chemical weapons.”

Brunei Darussalam
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-muhtadee Billah
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “ We join the international community in condemning the use of chemical weapons, which has caused the loss of lives in the country. In this regard, we welcome the US - Russia Framework for the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons and the recent adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on Syria.”

Bulgaria
H.E. Mr. Rossen Plevneliev, President
24 September 2013

Arms Trade Treaty: “Bulgaria welcomes the successful adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty regulating international trade in conventional weapons and looks forward to its prompt entry into force. We hope that this new international instrument will very soon become an effective tool in limiting the illicit arms flow to conflict zones, thus consolidating peace and security.”

Chemical weapons: “Bulgaria strongly condemns the chemical attack of August 21 that took the lives of thousands of innocent people including children. The use of chemical weapons in Syria constitutes a blatant violation of international law, a war crime, and a crime against humanity.

“There is strong evidence to substantiate the assertion that the Syrian regime is responsible for these attacks, as it is the only party that possesses chemical weapons agents and means of their delivery for an attack of that scale.

“There can be no impunity, and the perpetrators of this heinous attack must be held accountable. Bulgaria, who is one of the countries that signed a letter urging the UN Security Council to immediately refer the situation in Syria to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, joins similar calls, coming from the UN Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“My country welcomes the Framework agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation to place Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under international control with a view to its swift and secure destruction, and joins them in demanding that the Syrian regime provide the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons with immediate access to inspect any and all sites in Syria. We call on the UN Security Council to unite and shoulder its relevant responsibilities under the Charter.

“The use of chemical weapons should not divert attention from the persisting gross violations of human rights and continued human suffering. To the contrary, the created momentum should be used to move towards a lasting political solution to the conflict through the resumption of the Geneva process and with the active involvement of the United Nations.”

Iran’s nuclear programme: “We expect that Iran will demonstrate a clear political will and address the concerns of the international community by providing credible evidence of the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. In this respect, Iran's full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency is of paramount importance. The government in Tehran must show greater transparency in its nuclear activities and should fully comply with all relevant Security Council resolutions.”

Burkina Faso
Mr. Blaise Compaore, President
25 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “We encourage the implementation of the Russian and American treaty from the 14 of September, on control and disarmament of chemical weapons.”

Burundi
H.E. Mr. Laurent Kavakure, Minister of Foreign Affairs
26 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Cambodia
H.E. Sea Kosal, Ambassador and Permanent Representative
1 October 2013

Arms Trade Treaty: “Currently, the global and regional peace and security are being threatened by conflicts, armed confrontation and transnational organized crimes which take a heavy toll on many development efforts. Against this backdrop, Cambodia welcomes the signing of the Arms Trade Treaty, the first ever international treaty to regulate the trade of conventional weapons. This Treaty would be an effective deterrent against excessive and destabilizing arms flows, particularly in conflict-prone regions. Cambodia will soon add itself to the current list of 84 signatories and urges other nations to join them and together push for the required 50 ratifications and implementation of the Treaty so that it could make a real difference in people's lives.”

Nuclear weapons:  “At the regional level, Cambodia underscores the importance of preserving the Southeast Asian region as a Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone and free of all other weapons of mass destruction as enshrined in the Treaty of Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) and the ASEAN Charter. Along with other nine ASEAN Member States, Cambodia continues to encourage the Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) to sign the Protocol to accede to the SEANWFZ Treaty, without reservations, as early as possible. We also encouraged the NWS to provide full support for the ASEAN-sponsored UN General Assembly Resolution on the SEANWFZ Treaty at the this 68th Session.”

Landmines: “The presence of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the soil continues to pose constant threats to human security and safety and hinders national development to some of the ASEAN Member States. Recognizing this serious threat to human security, ASEAN Leaders decided in Phnom Perth, in November 2012, to establish the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) to be based in Cambodia. Since early this year, ASEAN has been working on the modalities of ARMAC and planned to finalize these modalities by October of this year.”

Chemical weapons: “In regard to the Syria situation, we condemn in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons and all human rights violations in Syria. Cambodia welcome the Resolution 2118 (2013) adopted by the Security Council on 27 September 2013 to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. We support the ongoing efforts of the international community, notably the United Nations, to promote a peaceful and viable solution to the situation in the country.”

Cameroon
H.E. Mr. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Minister of Foreign Affairs
25 September 2013

No relevant comments.

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Canada
H.E. Mr. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “We support the Syrian people, the innocent people caught up in this senseless violence, and those who work on their behalf. We will never support a brutal and illegitimate regime that has unleashed weapons of mass destruction on its own people. Nor will we tolerate extremism and terrorism as alternatives to Assad's tyranny.”

“But let us not confuse a peaceful, negotiated outcome with equivocation or moral uncertainty. There can be no moral ambiguity about the use of chemical weapons on civilians.”

Iran’s nuclear programme: “The P5+1 [the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany] has had five rounds of formal negotiations with Iran in the past two years. While everyone says the meetings have been "productive," the fact remains we haven't seen any change in Iran's actions. Next year, nothing would make Canada more pleased than to see a change in Iran's nuclear ambitions. A change to its terrible human rights record. And an end to Iran's material support for terrorism. Now is the time for the global community to maintain tough sanctions against Iran in order that it take a different path on its nuclear program.”

Cape Verde
H.E. Mr. Jose Maria Neves, Prime Minister
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “One more comment to all for us to position ourselves, following the United Nations Experts Report, against the criminal and unacceptable use of chemical weapons in Syria, which we have followed with great attention. We welcome the progress made towards dialogue, particularly the joint search for peaceful solutions, especially at the United Nations.Incidentally, we are against the use of weapons of mass destruction and we will continue to align with subsequent initiatives towards their eradication.”

Central African Republic
H.E. Mr. Nicolas Tiangaye, Prime Minister
26 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “The drama that the Syrian people are facing for more than two years is a challenge to the international community. The use of chemical weapons against the civilian population must be strongly condemned. That is why my country supports the ongoing activities for the decommissioning of the chemical arsenal 'Syria in the diplomatic option favoring the resolution of this crisis.”

Arms trade/proliferation: “Exogenous causes are rooted in the collateral effects of the crisis in Darfur, Libya, along with the Sudan conflict that led to the independence of South Sudan, the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the residual aggregates of the old Chadian rebellion and terrorist actions of the LRA of Joseph Kony in the extreme south of the country. These disorders promote the circulation of a large flow of weapons of any caliber whose combined effects weigh heavily on the security and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic, causing serious human rights massacres of civilians abductions, mass executions, mass rape, widespread looting, arson of  private homes, public buildings and attics not to mention the desecration of places of worship, the degradation of natural resources and wildlife.”

“The proliferation of weapons in Bangui, the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the social climate are likely to jeopardize the success of the transition. Given the avalanche of problems, the Government of National Unity Transition must set priorities with regard to security, humanitarian, budgetary and policy.”

Chad
H.E. Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President
25 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “Regarding the situation in Syria, it concerns and calls on us all, as the hour is particularly grave. We do not have the right to let a people walk into destruction. The use of chemical weapons which notes a dramatic escalation of this civil war in this country is an affront to is an affront to human conscience and the ideals that led to the birth of our Organization.

“While welcoming the agreement reached between the United States and Russia on the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, my country wants the perpetrators of these crimes to be identified and brought before an international tribunal. However, our bitterness is great to see destroy Syria and Syrians kill. The international community must use all means to stop this tragedy.”

Chile
H.E. Mr. Sebastián Piñera Echeñique,
President
24 September 2013

Nuclear weapons, WMD, chemical weapons: “In this connection, we reiterate our appeal not only to end the proliferation of nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction but also to dismantle those which exist, and we strongly condemn the use of the chemical weapons in Syria, as well as the indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population which has to date produced thousands of innocent victims, including women and children, and caused a serious humanitarian crisis wounding the universal conscience and seriously threatening peace and international security. We therefore welcome and strongly support the Framework Agreement for the Elimination of Chemical Weapons in Syria, concluded recently by the United States and Russia, as well as the efforts made by the Secretary-General of this Organization and the special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League to reach a peaceful and lasting solution to this very serious armed conflict as soon as possible.”

China
H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs
27 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “Turmoil in Syria has lasted for nearly three years, causing great suffering and trauma to both the Syrian people and Syria's neighbors. The recent use of chemical weapons has met universal condemnation. China firmly opposes the use of chemical weapons. We hope to see an early adoption of a UN Security Council resolution to support the OPCW in launching the verification and destruction of chemical weapons and we stand ready to make financial contribution to the OPCW for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. China calls for an immediate end to hostilities and violence in Syria so as to create necessary conditions for the verification and destruction of chemical weapons.”

Iran’s nuclear programme: “On the Iranian nuclear issue, China has been working to promote a peaceful settlement through dialogue. We have played a constructive role in seeking a comprehensive, lasting and appropriate solution to the Iranian nuclear issue so as to uphold the international non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East.”

DPRK’s nuclear programme: “It is China's consistent position that a negotiated solution through dialogue is the right way to solve the nuclear issue on the Peninsula, and the Six-Party Talks are an effective platform to promote denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.”

Colombia
H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President

24 September 2013

H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos CalderónPresident24 September 2013

Landmines: “And we would have to add the injured, the people mutilated by antipersonnel landmines, those who have suffered the infamy of kidnapping and those forcefully displaced from their own land, which could amount to nearly 5 million people.”

Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)
H.E. Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba
26 September 2013                  

Nuclear weapons: “At the recently held High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament CELAC reiterated our deep concern about the threat posed to humanity by the continued existence of nuclear weapons and their possible use or threat of use, and the urgent need to advance towards the attainment of the priority objective of nuclear disarmament and the achievement of a total and absolute elimination of nuclear weapons.”

Comoros (The)
Dr. Ikililou Dhoinine, President
25 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “We strongly condemn the usage of chemical weapons in Syria, against innocent people.”

Congo (The Republic of)
His Excellency Mr Basile Ikouebé, Minister of Foreign Affairs
27 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “Turning to the situation in Syria, my delegation condemns the use of chemical weapons and we welcome that the Syrian government is subscribing the convention on prohibition of chemical weapons and to put its stockpile of chemical weapons under international control for eventual destruction…. When Syria agrees to eliminate its stockpile of chemical weapons it is timely to recall one of the gravest threats to humanity, the nuclear threat…. It is urgent to progress towards a real disarmament on all chemical weapons.”

Costa Rica
H.E. Mrs. Laura Chinchilla-Miranda, President
24 September 2013

Arms Trade Treaty: “On April 2nd, we conclusively ratified the Arms Trade Treaty, a vital step for our country and a victory for humanity. I am pleased to report its unanimous ratification by our Legislative Assembly and pledge our support towards its implementation.”

Chemical weapons: “I raise our voice to demand that the Security Council act decisively to eliminate chemical weaponry in Syria, restrain violence, seek a negotiated and democratic solution to the conflict, and make accountable those responsible for the horrible crimes committed there.”

Nuclear weapons: “Next Thursday, for the first time in the history of the Organization, we will engage in a high-level debate on nuclear disarmament. We hope it will allow us to get closer to an ideal prayed for by most of the countries, and to advance in new conceptual frameworks for discussion. The sessions of the Open- Ended Working Group, conducted under the effective chairmanship of our permanent representative in Geneva, Manuel Dengo, have opened a promising path.”

Conventional weapons: “Under the same line, it is necessary to increase international cooperation to reduce the illegal flows of weapons and money that feed the criminal networks.”

Côte d’Ivoire
H.E. Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President
25 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Conventional weapons: “Too many wars and conflicts continue to rip apart humanity and undermine development efforts in many countries. We must collectively put end to this, emphasizing only the interests of the people. ... It is by renewing foundations of solidarity that we will address new threats such as that of terrorism, border crime, drug trafficking and of weapons, trafficking in human beings humans, maritime piracy.”

Croatia
H.E. Mr. Ivo Josipović, President
26 September 2013

Small arms and light weapons, Arms Trade Treaty: “Croatia is also very concerned about the issue of uncontrolled spread of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their excessive accumulation. We believe that these weapons present a great risk for the stability and security of many weak and fragile areas around the world. A milestone in this area is the successful completion and opening for signature of the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a uniquely drafted document establishing rules and criteria for trade in conventional arms. Croatia: as an original signatory state would like to add its voice to those requesting Urgent and universal adherence to this treaty and its expedited entry into force.”

WMD: “In the area of security, we consider prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, especially to non-state actors, to be a global security priority.  Croatia believes that successful non-proliferation is possible only through a combination of diligent work at the national level and the widest possible international cooperation. We firmly believe that adherence to multilateral non-proliferation treaties, as well as participation in informal non-proliferation initiatives, are an indispensable part of non-proliferation efforts. The most recent events in Syria are a horrible reminder and warning how important it is that all international agreements on non-proliferation are universally complied with.”

Chemical weapons: “Croatia condemns 'in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons. The international community must make sure that there is no impunity for such crimes and that the perpetrators of these and other crimes be held to account.”

Cyprus
H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, President
26 September 2013

WMD: “Having in mind the aim of promoting the fundamental UN principles, I would like to share with you my deep concern of what is happening in various parts of the world, threatening the sovereignty of states, as well as regional and global stability, through, amongst others: Acts of state violence; Acts of terrorism; Infringement and calling into question sovereign rights enjoyed by states; Annexation of territories through illegal use of force; Production and use of weapons of mass destruction; Sponsoring and harboring of secessionist or terrorist movements; Religious fundamentalism manifested through terrorist attacks…”

“The positive and stabilising role that Cyprus can assume in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially in the areas of combatting terrorism, fighting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and providing humanitarian assistance, has in the past few months received extensive recognition.”

Czech Republic
H.E. Mr. Jiří Rusnok, Prime Minister
27 September 2013

Arms Trade Treaty: “The Czech Republic highly appreciates that the international community was finally able to complete the negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty.”

Chemical weapons: “The confirmed use of chemical weapons in Syria is deeply worrying. Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. Whoever gave the order to initiate the chemical attack has gravely violated the principle of responsibility to protect the civilian population.”

“The Czech Republic welcomes the decision of the Executive Council of the GPCW on the expeditious destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons, which is now being adopted in the Hague, and looks forward to the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on this issue in the next hours.”

Nuclear weapons: “The danger of a nuclear conflict is diminishing thanks to the decreasing number of nuclear warheads and carriers in the possession of the nuclear powers. Yet the currently blocked negotiations with the Non Proliferation Treaty Parties should be a matter of concern.” 

“The longstanding objective of a complete elimination of nuclear weapons may be achieved only if the non-proliferation regime meets all demands for its strengthening.”           

Nuclear energy: “The Czech Republic as a non-nuclear weapon state has always strongly advocated for the right to develop, research and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination. Nevertheless, this right should be fully exercised only in conjunction with honouring all non- proliferation obligations.”

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
H.E. Mr. Pak Kil Yon, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
1 October 2013

Non-proliferation: “High-handedness and arbitrariness are getting ever more rampant in international relations. Infringement of sovereignty, interference into internal affairs and regime change continue to go unabated under the pretexts of "non-proliferation" and "human rights protection", for which the UN organization is being abused.”

Nuclear weapons: “It is the unanimous demand of the international society to completely eliminate all nuclear weapons and to build a nuclear weapon free world through nuclear disarmament. As agreed upon at the high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament held during the current session on the initiative of the NAM, nuclear disarmament negotiations should commence without further delay to work on universal instruments legally codifying the negative security assurances and the prohibition of use of nuclear weapons, among others.”

Democratic Republic of the Congo
H.E. Mr. Joseph Kabila Kabange, President
25 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Denmark
H.E. Ambassador Mr Ib Petersen,
Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations

Chemical weapons: “Denmark strongly condemns all use of chemical weapons, and we are convinced that a strong international reaction is required. It is crucial that those responsible for this grave violation of international law will be brought to justice and that future use of chemical weapons is effectively prevented. From the very outset of the tragedy in Syria, Denmark has emphasized the need for a political solution to end the human suffering. We welcome the adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 2118 on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. Denmark continues to strongly support the efforts towards a Geneva II conference.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “Unregulated and irresponsible international trade in arms has had devastating effects. Earlier this year, the General Assembly made history by adopting the Arms Trade Treaty. Denmark supports the swift entry into force and effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. Denmark is committed to assisting States, on their request, to meet their obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty.”

Iran and DPRK nuclear programmes: “We once again call upon Iran and DPRK to comply with international law and relevant Security Council resolutions. We welcome all efforts to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program.”

Dominica
H.E. Mr. Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative to the UN
1 October 2013

Chemical weapons: “The ongoing civil war in Syria continues to present a major challenge to the international community. The Commonwealth of Dominica joins CARICOM in condemning unreservedly the use of chemical weapons which is a gross violation of international law.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “On April 2, 2013, the Commonwealth of Dominica was one of the overwhelming number of member states voting in favor ofthe first international treaty to regulate the trade of conventional weapons, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Today we are pleased that the ATT is now a reality.”

Dominican Republic
H.E. Mr. Jose Manuel Trullols, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
1 October 2013

No relevant comments.

Ecuador
H.E. Mr. Xavier Lasso Mendoza, Permanent Representative to the UN
1 October 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “My country rejects the violence that exists in Syria, as well as serious violations of international law and human rights, from whatever quarter. Ecuador has argued from the beginning, that the military solution is not a solution to the crisis in Syria. We must address head-on and constant armed conflict, putting aside any manipulation because it seeks only foreign interests, oblivious. Let materialize to surface solutions framed in international law. In this context, the situation in Syria, the Millennial Nation facing terrible times, deserves our attention neat and sincere, as hundreds of thousands of lives are lost and thousands more face constant danger.

“Ecuador welcomes the recent accession of Syria to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. Ecuador expects the final results of investigations of the UN on all, but all, complaints about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as only these results will allow the international community have an adequate picture, large, and much more believable.

“Ecuador joined the consensus for the adoption of the decision on chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, considering that it reflects the efforts of the international community in favor of preserving peace, defend life of citizens and move towards a political solution to the crisis.”

“As States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention,  we condemn any use of them in the Syrian Arab Republic, by either party, and reiterate the obligation of states to refrain from providing any military support to non-state actors.”

Egypt
H.E. Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Minister of Foreign Affairs
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “In Syria, the tragedy has reached the point of resorting to chemical weapons. We condemn their use. We view with interest the agreement reached between Russia and the United States in light of our belief in the necessity of addressing the broader context of the crisis in Syria.”

Nuclear weapons, WMD: “You might agree with us that a new Middle East will not come about without ensuring the right to equal security, and getting rid of the threats posed by the existence in our region of nuclear weapons, and weapons of mass destruction. This situation threatens the credibility of the non-proliferation regime, as well as that of the United Nations.

“For that reason, and to preserve this credibility, I announce before you today an initiative consisting of the following steps:

“First: Invite all countries of the Middle East, as well as the five permanent members of the Security Council, to deposit official letters to the Secretary General of the United Nations, stating their support for declaring the Middle East a region free from weapons of mass destruction, as well as from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

“Second: The countries of the region that have not signed, or ratified, any of the international conventions on weapons of mass destruction, should commit, before the end of this year, to simultaneously sign and ratify the relevant conventions. They should also deposit a proof of that to the Security Council. I invite the Secretary General of the United Nations to coordinate the above steps to ensure their success.

“This translates into the following:

• That Israel accedes to the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear state, ratifies the Chemical Weapons convention, and signs and ratifies the Biological Weapons Convention.

• That Syria ratifies the Biological Weapons Convention, and takes the remaining steps it had pledged in relation to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

• That Egypt ratifies the Biological Weapons Convention, and signs and ratifies the Chemical Weapons Convention, provided that all countries of the Middle East complete accession measures to the international conventions prohibiting weapons of mass destruction, and the related arrangements.

“Third: Pursue international efforts to ensure that the delayed 2012 Conference to establish a weapons of mass destruction free zone in the middle east is swiftly held, preferably before the end of this year, and by Spring 2014, at the latest. The Secretary General, the three depositary countries of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, as weil as the facilitator should redouble their efforts so that the conference is held within the above timeframe.”

Nuclear weapons: “As I conclude, I would like to highlight our priority issues within the United Nations System. They include: … realizing nuclear disarmament.”

El Salvador
H.E. Mr. Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, President
25 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “We condemn the use of chemical weapons and support the agreement between Russia and the United States, under the United Nations supervision, to destroy these chemical weapons.”

Equatorial Guinea
H.E. Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
26 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “With relation to the situation in Syria, we regret and condemn the use of chemical weapons and the escalation of violence fed opaque interests who are decimating a people for alleged internal problems.”

“All scenarios in the World Wars have always left a negative balance and the victims are usually always the innocent population, that is the reason why we ask for an immediate cessation and withdrawal of those countries involved in this conflict, to honor and respect the Syrian people and the responsibility of wings UN in maintaining peace and security in the world. The only intervention should be the pacification and the destruction of chemical weapons that the United Nations must demand of the Syrian Government.”

Eritrea
H.E. Mr. Osman Saleh Mohammed, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Estonia
H.E. Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President
25 September 2013

Arms Trade Treaty: “Every year, over half a million people die as a result of illegal or irresponsible arms transfers. Enormous amounts of money and resources are spent on arms, often at the expense of more vital needs. We see the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty in the framework of the United Nations in June as a historic milestone for the world community.”

Chemical weapons: “Let me start with what is clearly and without a doubt the most unsustainable situation in the world at the moment: the conflict in Syria. It has been repeated thousands of times and must be repeated over and over again that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable under any circumstances and requires complete and unreserved condemnation. It is clear that chemical weapons must be destroyed quickly and verifiably. Therefore the OPCW and Security Council needs to move forward and agree on the legally binding terms to resolve this issue, preferably under Chapter 7 of the Charter, and so as soon as possible.

“Even without the use of chemical weapons, military actions and brutality in Syria have created suffering and humanitarian disaster of unimaginable proportions.”

Ethiopia
H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn
, Prime Minister

25 September 2013

No relevant comments.

European Union
H.E. Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President
25 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “Any further paralysis of the international community over Syria is simply untenable. It was already true this summer, but worse was yet to come… Five weeks ago, in the outskirts of Damascus, a new threshold of tragedy, a crime against humanity; and in response the stakes were raised. Today we are in a new situation. The European Union welcomes the diplomatic opening created in order to control and destroy Syria's chemical weapons. It is important in itself: we absolutely must avoid a dreadful precedent being set on the use of chemical weapons - an abhorrent crime against humanity.

“The role of the United Nations in this respect is indispensable, and has been underscored time and again by the 28 governments of the European Union. After the UN Secretary General's report and the inventory of  its arsenal provided by the Syrian regime, it is urgent for the Security Council, together

with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to take the necessary decisions to ensure the swift and secure destruction of Syria's poison gas and nerve agents stocks. A clear resolution by the Security Council would mark a turn, and I plea for its adoption.

“Eliminating Syria's chemical arsenal is in itself a major step. Potentially it could also be important for the wider dynamics in the region. Clearly, the conflict wrecking Syria reflects many of the deep-seated tensions rippling throughout the Middle East. It is fed by these tensions, and fuels them as well. So a solution for Syria will need to take into account the wider picture. That is why any political opening matters deeply: a breakthrough on chemical weapons could start opening other doors. In the black wall of Syria's doom, it will be a first crack. Paradoxically, there is more scope for quiet hope today than even a few weeks ago. Because if commitments can be upheld and promises kept on chemical weapons, lines of communication can reopen, if we can find an agreement within the international community (and at the Security Council)… if we can do all this on chemical weapons, then chances are we can do it elsewhere.”

Iran’s nuclear programme: “We also hope the expectations currently building around the new Iranian leadership will translate into concrete steps. In the interest of regional stability. And for the nuclear talks, where all efforts to find a negotiated solution, through the work of the "E3+3" led by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, have the European Union's full support.”

Fiji
H.E. Mr. Commodore Josaia V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister
25 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Finland
H.E. Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs
27 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “The use of chemical weapons on August 21st near Damascus can be a turning point for the conflict. The universal condemnation of their use as a war crime for which those responsible must be brought to justice through referral to the International Criminal Court. Finland welcomes the agreement reached on a strongly worded Security Council resolution to collect and destroy chemical weapons in Syria under international control.”

Nuclear weapons, WMD: “Efforts to promote peace and security in the Middle East should go parallel with the pursuit of a long-time goal of the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction. I encourage all regional parties to continue to engage constructively with the facilitator and the four conveners as well as with each other to pave the way for a conference on the establishment of such a zone.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “All our failures and disappointments notwithstanding there has also been one true success story for the United Nations this year. I am referring to the Arms Trade Treaty, which was adopted in April after decades of efforts. It was a success not only for the United Nations system, but for the whole international community and the arms control regime. The importance of this Treaty has been confirmed by the growing number of signatures after the 3rd of June when the ATT was open for signature. We hope and expect that the signature by the United States of the ATT will be followed by all the other permanent members of the Security Council as well. I would also like to congratulate those countries that have already now ratified the Treaty paving the way for its early entry into force. My own country, Finland, is well on its way of ratifying the ATT as soon as possible. Only when the treaty enters into force and is implemented will it make a real difference in saving lives, minimizing human suffering, lessening criminality and threat to civilian population by providing highest common standards to trade in arms, ammunition and components. I would like to once again thank and congratulate the NGO community for its dedication and tireless efforts in favor of the ATT. They never lost their faith and pushed the governments hard to achieve this result.

“Our work is not done yet. Together we must continue to get the 50 ratifications and more to support the ATT. We also need to persuade those countries which abstained in the vote to supporting regulated arms trade and the treaty to make it truly universal. Finland, as one of the seven co-authors, has been from the beginning and will be in the future very much involved in the Arms Trade Treaty. This week the co-authors organized a high-level event to promote signatures for the ATT. We are also prepared to assist countries which have  difficulties in ratifying and implementing the Treaty. When implemented the Treaty should have a major impact also on development particularly in the least developed countries, where conflicts are a major obstacle to development.”

France
H.E. Mr. François Hollande, President
24 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “On the 21st of August in Damascus, the worst has been achieved with the use chemical weapons against civilians, women and children. The UN inspectors have established this securely and unquestionably. France wanted a strong reaction to respond to this despicable crime, and to deter the regime of Bashar al-Assad from committing new massacres. This pressure has produced initial results.”

Iran’s nuclear programme: “The statements by the new Iranian president also mark evolution. His words must now be translated into action. On the nuclear issue, discussions stalled last decade. Their failure has led the international community to impose sanctions which are harmful to the economy and the Iranian population. This situation is dangerous. What France expects from Iran are concrete actions that show that this country gives up its program for nuclear weapons although obviously it has the right to continue a civilian [nuclear] program. That is why I made the choice of a direct dialogue with President Rohani.”

Gabon
H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President
24 September 2013

Small arms: “Africa should be able to meet the new threats to peace and security, that include transnational crime, the illicit trafficking of small arms.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “We must ensure the implementation of the ATT.”

Chemical weapons: “The crisis in Syria, has already caused many victims, and we have seen an escalation of the unacceptable use of chemical weapons. We strongly condemn the use of such weapons, and Gabon calls for the deconstruction of all chemical weapon arsenals throughout the world.”

Gambia (The)
H.E. Mr. Yahya Jammeh, President
27 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “All that we hear is the talk about chemical weapons and the need to ensure that they are not used by anyone. This does not make any sense as long as this barbaric war has not cometo an end immediately. Whether chemical weapons are used or not thousands of people would continue to die, in the most horrific manner, it is the same horrific and senseless death and our duty is not to choose what form of death is acceptable and what not. Our duty is to stop the senseless and barbaric killings in Syria. We as the UN must end this war immediately otherwise the people of Syria would continue to perish at the hands of these satanic barbaric forces. The UN Security Council and all the powers behind the war in Syria must not only prevent the use of chemical weapons but must also bring this brutal war to an immediate end without preconditions. The Syria war must be stopped and stopped now!”

WMD, militarism: “Coming to the second threat - obsession with world domination; we have seen the unprecedented development of deadly nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as well as other weapons of mass murder by the same western powers. We all agree that all forms of human tragedy and catastrophe emanate from the same West; they spend more money on killer technologies than on medical and agricultural technology up to this day. If they unleash a third world war, that would put an end to human existence on planet earth including this UN itself.”

Georgia
H.E. Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili, President
25 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Germany
H.E. Mr. Guido Westerwelle, Minister of Foreign Affairs
28 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “ The use of chemical weapons, ascertained by the United Nations, is a crime against civilisation. Its terrible dimensions have consequences extending far beyond Syria. All the facts available to us show that the regime is responsible for the use of the chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons cannot be allowed to go unpunished. This we owe not only to the victims in Syria, but also to future generations. Those responsible for using these weapons must be called to account before the International Criminal Court. It must at last be able to begin its independent investigations. We welcome the agreement reached in the Security Council and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. These weapons must be completely destroyed in accordance with a firmly agreed timetable. Germany is prepared to provide financial and technical help to destroy these chemical weapons. A world without weapons of mass destruction will be a better world. We must use the opportunities for a political process offered by the agreement on destroying the chemical weapons.”

Disarmament, non-proliferation, WMD: “The tragedy in Syria underlines the extraordinary importance accruing to the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction and the strengthening of the non-proliferation regimes. A world free of weapons of mass destruction is our generation's prime task for the future. Disarmament is a crucial issue for the future of humanity.”

Ghana
H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President
26 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Greece
H.E. Mr. Evangelos Venzelos, Minister of Foreign Affairs
27 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “Greece and the EU have unequivocally condemned the use of chemical weapons, and we strongly support the U.S.-Russian initiative for the collection and destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal.”

“We welcome the diplomatic breakthrough expected to be achieved by the Security Council on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.”

Grenada
H.E. Mr. Nickolas Steele, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “Grenada condemns, in the most vehement terms, atrocities and crimes against humanity. As such, we believe that those responsible for the recent deadly use of chemical weapons in Syria must be held accountable by the international community. Moreover, Grenada welcomes the Security Council Resolution to destroy Syria's chemical weapons and is encouraged by the commitment of the Syrian government to comply with the resolution. More importantly, my delegation hopes that this breakthrough could be a stepping stone to the resolution of the already brutal and bloody civil war in Syria, which has been fuelled by conventional weapons.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “On June 3, 2013, Grenada joined 83 States in signing the Arms Trade Treaty, on the very first morning the Treaty was opened for signature. Work is already under way at the national level for the ratification of the Treaty as yet another signal of Grenada's commitment to peace and security. Moreover, being the first country ever to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Grenada intends to use its experience to raise awareness on this particular matter, especially in the Americas.”

Guatemala
H.E. Mr. Otto Fernando Pérez Molina, President
26 September 2013

Small arms and light weapons: “Prevention must be prioritized, seeking to lower the impact on health and especially reducing the level of social violence associated with the drug problem. In the same vein, international cooperation should be strengthened to reduce the flow of illegal arms and funds that finance criminal networks.”

Chemical weapons, nuclear weapons: “As non-permanent member of the Security Council we have taken a position towards the recent crisis in Syria. In this regards, we have condemned the massacre against more than one thousand persons murdered with the use of chemical weapons and have demanded that a crime of this magnitude cannot remain with impunity. We have also called for a categorical response of the international community to avoid that these deplorable acts be repeated. Consistent with this position, we have supported the leadership of President Obama, who has clearly expressed that peace in Syria and in the whole Middle East must be built in the framework of a political and diplomatic dialogue, but without abandoning our international responsibility to protect the citizens of those countries and of the world posed by the threat of nuclear and chemical arms.”

Guinea
H.E. Mr. François Lounceny Fall, Minister of Foreign Affairs
30 September 2013

[Unofficial translation]

Chemical weapons: “Guinea condemns the use of chemical weapons, which is contrary to international standards and human dignity. Intensive efforts must be undertaken to destroy chemical weapons in Syria, in accordance with the Russian-American initiative. Similarly, the legal framework prohibiting the manufacture, storage and use of chemical weapons, should be strengthened.”

Guinea-Bissau
H.E. Mr. Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, Interim President
26 September 2013

No relevant comments.

Guyana
H.E Mr. Donald R. Ramotar, President
25 September 2013

Chemical weapons: “ We welcome the agreement between Russia and the United States which will facilitate the destruction of chemical weapons held in Syria. We call on all countries that possess such weapons to do the same.”

Arms Trade Treaty: “ ...the adoption in April of this year of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty opens the door to effective regulation of the international trade in conventional arms. For us in the Caribbean, the Treaty bears relevance not only to the safety and security of our citizens and to the fight against transnational crime but in an important way to our overall pursuit of sustainable development. The

funnelling of guns into our societies is a menace that must be curbed in order to preserve our youth and our future. As one of the first countries to ratify the Treaty, Guyana urges all states to work to assure its early entry into force.”

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