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June 14, 2012

Asia Pacific Leaders Call for Stronger Measures on Nuclear Security and Greater Transparency

Members of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) issued two major statements on nuclear security and transparency, calling on governments in the region, and worldwide, to strengthen their commitment to securing nuclear weapons, materials and facilities and to recognize the importance of openness to arms control and further disarmament.

More than 20 former high-ranking officials from the Asia-Pacific region, all of whom are committed to working towards, and ultimately achieving, a world without nuclear weapons, signed each statement.

The nuclear security statement calls on governments to universalize existing treaties, create binding nuclear security standards, develop processes for transparency, reporting and accountability, and strengthen the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The transparency statement underscores the importance of information-sharing to building confidence and trust, two key elements for progress on the nuclear disarmament agenda.  Among its specific proposals are a standard intergovernmental disarmament reporting form, revisitation of nuclear posture and doctrine and audits of propreitary fissile material by nuclear-armed states.

For more information about the APLN, visit its website.