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08 April 2010 - Signing of the "New START" agreement -Statement by Mr. Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

France warmly welcomes today’s signature in Prague by Presidents Obama and Medvedev of a new bilateral agreement aimed at reducing their strategic offensive arms.

This outcome sends a positive signal prior to the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (TNP) which begins on May 3.

France, which, together with its European partners, supports the continuation of the bilateral US-Russian nuclear arsenals reduction process, welcomes this. This is an important element of the European Action Plan on Disarmament adopted by the 27 Heads of State and Government of the European Union under French presidency. The reduction of Russian and American nuclear arsenals is in effect a disarmament priority since these two countries still possess nearly 95% of the world’s nuclear weapons stocks.

This new treaty reflects the determination of the American and Russian presidents to work resolutely towards nuclear disarmament. France, which for many years now has been taking concrete, irreversible and unmatched steps towards disarmament, fully supports the United States and Russia in this effort. It welcomes the fact that other nuclear powers are taking the same steps that France and the United Kingdom have been taking for more than a decade now, based on a posture of strict sufficiency in terms of nuclear arsenals.

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