In July 1996 Belarus and Ukraine called for a Central and Eastern European NWFZ. But several countries in the area, notably those which aspired to join NATO, opposed to the proposal. Poland, in a statement made at the NPT PrepCom on behalf of seven of the key states which would comprise such a zone, opposed the idea as "incompatible with our sovereign resolve to contribute to, and benefit from the new European security architecture ..."
To help allay concerns, NATO has made clear that it has no reason, no plan and no intention to station nuclear weapons on the territory of new members, nor to build related infrastructure on their territory.
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