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CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT DISCUSSES PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH AN INFORMAL WORKING GROUP TO PRODUCE A PROGRAMME OF WORK

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CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT DISCUSSES PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH AN INFORMAL WORKING GROUP TO PRODUCE A PROGRAMME OF WORK
30 July 2013
The Conference on Disarmament this morning discussed a proposal made by the Secretary-General of the Conference to establish a working group to produce a programme of work.

Ambassador Mohammad Sabir Ismail of Iraq, President of the Conference on Disarmament, said he had been consulting with Member States on a draft programme of work. Everyone was aware that this task was very difficult, but it was not impossible. It was reachable if all compromised and worked to take this forum out of this impasse. It was his intention today to devote the discussion to the first of the proposals made on 18 June by Kassim Jomart-Tokayev, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, on the establishment of an informal working group with a mandate to produce a programme of work.

Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Switzerland, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, China, Malaysia, Netherlands, France, Germany, India, Cuba, Brazil and Iran took the floor, addressing various issues related to the proposed establishment of the informal working group.

The Chairman of the Group of Governmental Experts on transparency and confidence building measures in outer space activities took the floor, as did the Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference.

The next public plenary of the Conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 6 August.

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