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Zim calls for nuclear disarmament

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Energy and Power Development minister Edgar Moyo

GOVERNMENT says it is committed to contributing to nuclear security by supporting the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in strengthening global nuclear security,” Energy and Power Development minister Edgar Moyo said.

Speaking at the ongoing ministerial Session of the International Conference on Nuclear Security under the theme Shaping the Future in Austria, Moyo said: "Zimbabwe re-affirms its commitment to contributing to global nuclear security and supports the central role of IAEA in the co-ordination of international activities in the field of nuclear security.

"Zimbabwe fully supports the IAEA nuclear security plan and is implementing the Integrated Nuclear Security Sustainability Plan as a mechanism to strengthen the national nuclear security framework.”

Moyo reiterated calls for nuclear disarmament for global peace.

“Over the past few years, Zimbabwe has ratified and acceded to a number of international instruments including the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material as amended and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism underlying our commitment to global nuclear security and upholding the highest levels of security for nuclear and radioactive materials,” he said.

Moyo pledged Zimbabwe’s full commitment to international treaties and conventions relating to nuclear security, saying: “Zimbabwe continues to call for increased regional collaboration to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radio-active materials.

“The strategic position of my country in the Sadc region allows for us to play a more active and co-ordinating role as we push for the universalisation of the instruments for a more secure world.”

He said the country had made strides in building sustainable national programmes for the prevention, detection and response to nuclear security threats.

“These actions demonstrate Zimbabwe's commitment to upholding the highest levels of security for nuclear and radioactive materials. The country plans to strengthen the implementation of these obligations through the Radiation Protection Amendment Bill, which will be presented to Parliament,” he stated.

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