Mark Henley

Geneva, Switzerland

European representatives, at the Conference on Disarmament, meet informally in a hallway outside the Council Chamber, prior to the proposal of CD/1933/Rev.1, 'a program of work'. It would have broken 17 years of impass, and seemed to have a very real possibility of being accepted. However, Ambassador Akram of Pakistan then vetoed the proposal, throwing all plans into disarray.
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 1, Plenary meeting 1254. Presidency of Egypt.

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