New York, 3 August 2022 (TDI): The permanent representative of Italy to the United Nations, Maurizio Massari, reaffirms the central role of NPT as a key component of multilateral architecture in his address at the 10th review conference of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons treaty in New York.
🇮🇹’s priorities at #NPTRevCon: reaffirming central role of #NPT in multilateral architecture & a stronger commitment by its members & beyond. This is even more urgent in the light of the implications of the unprovoked Russian aggression on 🇺🇦. Statement👉 https://t.co/Ztmrrol4Hm pic.twitter.com/lfliAlnqYq
— Italy UN New York (@ItalyUN_NY) August 2, 2022
While addressing the conference, ambassador Maurizio Massari assures that Italy fully stands by the statements of the EU regarding the NPT.
Italy is an important signatory to the NPT, and the Ambassador urged the non-nuclear states to join the treaty and act fully in compliance with the laws and terms of the Treaty.
In addition, the Ambassador has urged the state to abide by the complementary three pillars of the treaty and advised them to implement previous review conferences.
Italy views the three pillars of the NPT as complementary and mutually reinforcing and calls upon the full implementation of commitments taken during previous Review Conferences.
The three pillars of the non-nuclear proliferation Treaty are disarmament, non-proliferation
and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Ambassador stressed that the countries should comply with the given principles.
Concerns about Russian Aggression:
During his remarks, the Ambassador further highlighted the “unprovoked aggression” by the Russian authorities against Ukraine.
In addition, he emphasized the importance of states attending the conference to fully condemn “the intimidating use of nuclear rhetoric by a nuclear-weapon state associated with the invasion of a non-nuclear-weapon state.”
Italian Ambassador to the UN said that Russia has betrayed the assurances it gave in the Budapest Memorandum and called the states to condemn “the betrayal of the security assurances given at the time of Ukraine’s accession to the NPT, and the threat posed to Ukraine’s nuclear infrastructures.”
The Budapest Memorandum on security assurance, December 5, 1994, was a political agreement aimed at providing security assurances by its signatories relating to the accession of states, including Ukraine, to NPT.
Ambassador further highlighted Article VI of the Treaty in his address and expressed Italy’s full support for the disarmament efforts following it.
Always constructive dialogue with @iaeaorg DG @rafaelmgrossi on the margins of #NPTRevCon. Focus on the several challenges for non-proliferation and nuclear safety & security with the strong leadership of IAEA. pic.twitter.com/tdTTxx4WeE
— Maurizio Massari (@MauMassari) August 2, 2022
The ambassador of Italy, Maurizio Massari, also met the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA ) Rafael MarianoGrossi and exchanged thoughts on several challenges for NPT and other security concerns.