Speaking Notes of Ambassador Tehmina Janjua (CD President), Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Conference on Disarmament – Plenary Meeting, 29 March 2016
[GAVEL] I call to order the 1385th plenary meeting of the Conference on Disarmament.
Excellencies, dear Colleagues, [Mr. Moller], Ms. Soliman, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I had announced at our last plenary meeting that I would conduct consultations on the basis of the different proposals for programme of work currently on table, and address the question of organizing our work for the rest of the year. I thank you all for your valuable contributions and inputs, and the candid exchange of views.
Last week, I separately met the three regional groups – G-21, WEOG and EEG – and China, as well as the proponents of the various proposals for a programme of work including US, UK and Russia. I also briefly met with the Nigerian delegation. On Thursday afternoon, we also held open-ended informal consultations.
The informal meetings were very useful to gain further insight on the issues at hand. It helped us in developing a collective understanding of the state of play in the CD. I could discern a clear desire of the CD membership to commence substantive work in the CD. I completely share this aspiration. During the informal consultations, many delegations encouraged me to focus on the adoption of a programme of work as the first priority. That has all along been the thinking of Pakistan’s presidency as well.
I also invited the CD members to start thinking about other alternatives, such as structured informal discussions, in case consensus on a programme of work remains elusive. I now have a fair idea regarding where different delegations stand on this issue.
Before I to turn to the list of speakers of today, I would like to share with you a request received from the Executive Secretary of the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Mr. Lassina Zerbo, to address the Conference at our next plenary meeting in May. Does any delegation object to this request?
I see no objections. It is so decided. Mr. Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO PrepCom will be invited to speak at the Plenary Meeting of the Conference on 17 May 2016. [GAVEL]
We have heard the Russian delegation today introduce a document containing elements of a draft international convention on the suppression of acts of chemical terrorism. I am sure that many delegations will need some time to study this document and get instructions from their capital – and may not be in a position to offer their comments right away. My plan, therefore, is to hold an informal plenary meeting of the CD on Thursday afternoon for an initial exchange of views on the Russian inputs as well as any other relevant issues.
I shall continue my consultations during the six-week recess period and keep assessing the prospects for progress on a programme of work as the first priority. In case of a continued lack of consensus, we will start consideration of other alternatives such as structured informal discussions in the CD.
Once we resume the CD session on 16 May, we will have a clearer picture of the situation. As I said last week, Pakistan, as the CD President, remains committed to fulfilling its responsibilities in an inclusive, transparent and consensus-based manner.
I also plan on holding an informal plenary meeting of the CD for a thematic discussion on “Women and Disarmament” on Thursday, 19 May 2016. We shall be sharing further details in due course.
Would any delegation like to take the floor at this stage to comment on what I just said……. That does not seem to be the case.
This concludes our formal business for today and the first part of the CD’s 2016 session.
An informal plenary meeting of the CD will be held on Thursday afternoon, 31 March 2016, at 3 p.m in the Council Chamber.
The next formal plenary meeting of the CD will be held on Tuesday, 17 May 2016, at 10 a.m in the Council Chamber.
This meeting is adjourned. [GAVEL]