French diplomats confering during the Fench Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament. The discussion centred around security guarantees for non-nuclear states (negative security assuarances), including an address by the DPRK, and the difficult issue of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The Conference on Disarmament, established in 1979, is the only forum for nations to discuss multilateral arms control and disarmament issues. It has a primary focus nuclear weapons control and disarmament. 65 countries, and 38 observer nations, convene annually at the United Nations' Palais des Nations building for three sessions of talks totalling 24 weeks.
Conference on Disarmament. Year 33, 2012 Session 3, Plenary meeting 1266. Presidency of France.