As to the immediate tasks faced by your Conference, we believe that
in the nuclear sphere this means a ban on the production of fissile material
for nuclear weapons or other nuclear devices. Russia is ready to begin
negotiations speedily on this issue here - right here in this multilateral
forum on disarmament. As you know, the Russian Federation and several other
nuclear Powers have already unilaterally ceased production of nuclear explosives.
It is important that the instrument to be drawn up by the Conference on
Disarmament should impose a ban on production of such materials on a universal
basis, with the participation of both nuclear and non-nuclear States. This
would be an additional instrument to prevent the proliferation of nuclear
weapons in all its dimensions.
Mr. ULUÇEVIK (Turkey):
Having accomplished its work on the CTBT, the CD must continue to play its role in non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament by starting, without further delay, its overdue work on a treaty to prohibit the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, otherwise referred to as the "cut-off convention" (FMCT). In 1995, an agreement was reached in the CD on the establishment of an ad hoc committee on this particular subject. Its mandate was defined in the Shannon report (CD/1299). Therefore, I appeal to all members to support the implementation of the CD's earlier decision and thus establish an ad hoc committee and begin negotiations on an FMCT.
Mrs. TOLLE (Kenya):
I have asked for the floor today in my capacity as Coordinator of the Group of 21. The Group of 21 is committed to see the work of the Conference on Disarmament commence immediately, and it is in this connection that the Group wishes to table a programme of work for the Conference for the 1997 session, which reads as follows:
"1. The Conference on Disarmament decides to establish:
"I. An ad hoc committee for agenda item 1, 'Cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament'.
"II. An ad hoc committee for agenda item 3, 'Prevention of an arms race in outer space'.
"III. An ad hoc committee for agenda item 4, 'Effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons'.
"2. The Conference decides to appoint a special coordinator to seek the views of its members on agenda item 6, 'Comprehensive programme of disarmament', with special reference to the issue of anti-personnel landmines.
"3. The Conference also decides to appoint a special coordinator to seek the views of its members on agenda item 7, 'Transparency in armaments'.
"4. The Conference decides further to appoint special coordinators to carry out consultations on the issues of its expansion and agenda as well as improved and effective functioning.
"The Group of 21 continues to attach the highest priority to the establishment of an ad hoc committee on nuclear disarmament under agenda item 1.
"The Group of 21 has presented on 14 March 1996 a proposal for the work of the ad hoc committee, as contained in document CD/1388.
"In this context, a specific proposal on a mandate for the ad hoc committee will be presented in the near future."
It is the desire of the Group of 21 that this document be circulated as an official document of the Conference on Disarmament and that this proposal be considered in open-ended informal consultations immediately after this plenary meeting.