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recognising the financial and technical challenges for some possessors, they called upon those States Parties in a position to do so, and where requested, to assist such possessor States in the achievement of the ultimate goal of the Convention – the total elimination of chemical weapons. They noted with appreciation the outcome of the First Special Session of the Conference of States Parties to Review the Operation of the CWC, convened in The Hague, from 28 April-9 May 2003, and the Political Declaration, in which the States Parties reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the objective and purpose of the Convention.


The Ministers expressed their concern at the use of coercive methods by some countries inside international organisations, including financial influence, in the pursuit of unilateralist interests. They also expressed their concern at the impact that such unilateral acts could have on the independence of the functioning of international organisations and the multilateral system as a whole.


The Ministers emphasised the importance of the positive role played by the Non-Aligned members in the IAEA. They also stressed the necessity that all members of the Agency strictly observe its Statute and they supported all efforts to strengthen the role of the Agency in conformity with its Statute. They further stressed that such efforts should be a product of careful and transparent deliberation among the members with a view to reaching agreements in this regard.


The Ministers affirmed the need to strengthen the Radiological Safety and Protection Systems at facilities utilising radioactive materials as well as at radioactive waste management facilities, including the safe transportation of these materials. They encouraged the design of an appropriate international regime for physical protection of radioactive materials during their transportation. They reaffirmed the need to continue working at the multilateral level, with the purpose of strengthening existing international regulations relating to safety and security of transportation of such materials, and provisions for liability in the case of accidents or damage, resulting in contamination of the sea and seabed. They emphasised the need for the provision of information to concerned States regarding shipment routes, the mandatory requirements for contingency plans in case of leakage, accidents or incidents, the commitment to recover the waste material in such cases, and a comprehensive regulatory framework for obtaining

compensation in case of Conference on the Safety welcomed the adoption by Radioactive Material”.

nuclear damage.

The Ministers noted the International

of transport of Radioactive Material held in July 2003 and the IAEA of an “Action Plan on the Safety of Transport of



The Ministers welcomed the importance of Resolution 58/40 of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prohibition of the Dumping of Radioactive Wastes and called upon States to take appropriate measures to prevent any dumping of nuclear or radioactive wastes that would infringe upon the sovereignty of States. They welcomed also the resolution adopted by the Council of Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity in 1991 (CM/Res.1356 {LIV}) on the Bamako Convention on the Ban on the Import of Hazardous Wastes into Africa and on the Control of Their Trans-boundary Movement within Africa. They called for effective implementation of the Code of Practice on the International Transboundary Movement of Radioactive Waste of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a means of enhancing the protection of all States from the dumping of radioactive wastes on their territories.

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