27 September 2012
Allow me to begin by thanking you most sincerely for your letter of 6 August 2012 on the noble cause of a world free of nuclear weapons. At the very outset, I must reiterate my unwavering support for all international efforts for a world free of nuclear weapons. I encourage all those determined to do their utmost to comprehensively address the global danger of nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.
I believe that the role of civil society in this process is invaluable and crucial to our final success. Your efforts aimed at reminding the international community of the weight of the challenge of nuclear weapons and encouraging political leaders to stay focused on this urgent part of the international community’s agenda is of utmost importance.
I am aware that the road to our common goal – a world free of nuclear weapons – is long. First of all, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the cornerstone of international peace and security, should be made universal. Any attempts of nuclear weapons proliferation must be prevented, and the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy preserved. In this light, it is vital that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty enters into force as soon as possible. An effective and universal implementation of the Treaty is essential.
The international community must also immediately launch negotiations on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, another important landmark on the path towards a world free of nuclear weapons. Once concluded, the Treaty will comprehensively prohibit the production of fissile materials used for nuclear warheads. All existing zones free of nuclear weapons, including the one in the Middle East, must be made operational.
New developments concerning the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons over the last few years have triggered various international activities. The initiative to start negotiations on the convention on the comprehensive prohibition of nuclear weapons should be given appropriate time to mature. The path towards this final goal is to act globally and make progress step by step.
Only by joining our efforts can we meet all necessary requirements to finally meet the final goal. The international community should attain the above goals first, and a universal adherence to and full compliance with the existing international treaties is crucial in pursuing our common objective. I am convinced that once the day will come when we ultimately reach the final objective shared by the entire international community: a world free of nuclear weapons.
Yours sincerely,Danilo Türk
President of the Republic of Slovenia