By Jayantha Dhanapala, Randy Rydell

This e-book attracts upon own event and emerges as either well timed and authoritative. Its writer, Jayantha Dhanapala, served with contrast because the United international locations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs from 1998 to 2003. This event, coupled along with his provider as President of the 1995 NPT overview and Extension convention, uniquely qualifies him to deal with those tough questions. His research and his specific issues of view, rooted in a robust dedication to multilateral cooperation and the significance of treaty compliance, deserve the shut cognizance of all who search a more secure, safer international for all.

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Nevertheless, because only states are parties to the NPT and are ultimately responsible for the implementation of the treaty, I would like to focus my personal observations on the activities of these state groups in the course of both decisions to extend the NPT indefinitely and to review its implementation. THEWESTERN CROUF The Group of Western States is, technically, somewhat of a misnomer, since it also includes some states located in the geographic "East", such as Japan and Australia, for example.

By the end of the last session of the PrepCom, it was quite apparent that the NPT would be extended, though it was not entirely certain that the extension would be indefinite or without conditions. Clearly, much work lay ahead, and the Review Conference was just around the corner. CHAPTER 3 GROUP POSITIONS AT THE CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION: WHY GROUPS MATTER Only states matter-or so some may say. After all, only states can conclude treaties, and only states can become members of the United Nations.

These developments and these visions of a better world together comprise the external context leading ultimately to the signing of the NPT in 1968 and its entry into force two years later. The external context, of course, did not stop influencing the NPT in 1970, as subsequent developments produced their own independent effects upon the treaty regime. The nuclear rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States resulted in a substantial increase in the nuclear arsenals of both countries, notwithstanding the disarmament obligations of both parties described in article VI of the treaty.

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