UN’s Ban urges disarmament forum to break deadlock

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GENEVA, Jan 20 (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world’s only multilateral disarmament forum on Tuesday to overcome a decade-long deadlock and launch substantive negotiations on curbing nuclear and other weapons.

Diplomats hope that the administration of Barack Obama, due to be sworn in as U.S. president later in the day, will offer initiatives to revive the moribund Conference on Disarmament.

During the election campaign, Obama pledged to make the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide a central element of U.S. arms control policy and said he would not authorise development of new nuclear weapons.



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