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THE COMMEMORATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE TREATY ON THE NON-PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
The year 2020 is a symbolic milestone for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), as it marks the 50th anniversary since the Treaty’s entry into force in 1970, and the 25th anniversary of its indefinite extension in 1995.
The NPT has played an invaluable role in the preservation of international peace and security for the past five decades, by preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and imposing a legal obligation on the five Nuclear Weapon States to eliminate their nuclear arsenals, towards a nuclear-weapon-free world. The NPT has also guaranteed the right for its States Parties to harness the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which is now widely applied in various fields, amongst others, agriculture, environment, industry, and medicine.
The challenging times we currently face globally does not dampen the international community’s resolve towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons, a longstanding principled position which Malaysia shares and continues to uphold.
Malaysia has consistently advocated for the cause of nuclear disarmament in the international fora, and supports all efforts towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Within the NPT fora, Malaysia joins other like-minded States in urging for more progress to be made with regard to nuclear disarmament. To this effect, Malaysia will be chairing Main Committee I on Nuclear Disarmament at the 2020 NPT Review Conference, when it is convened. The Conference, initially scheduled to take place from 27 April until 22 May 2020, has been postponed to a later date in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we observe this 50th anniversary of the NPT’s entry into force, Malaysia will continue to work closely with other States Parties to ensure that nuclear disarmament remains a priority towards realizing the long overdue goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
PUTRAJAYA 27 April 2020