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UN, Non-Aligneds debate disarmament

UNITED NATIONS (18 Jan 2007) PL - AMBASSORS from Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries at the UN are due to receive a response to their concerns on disarmament Thursday from General Secretary Ban Ki Moon.

According to the NAM country members diplomatic officials, the new UN leadership plans to delegate attention to the Department of Disarmament Affairs (DDA) to the general under secretary for political affairs.

At a meeting this week of the so-called NAM Troika, made up of Malaysia, Cuba and Egypt, the powerful 118-developing-country group unanimously rejected that project presented by the new UN secretary general.

The former South Korean foreign minister, now leading this world organization, has entrusted his Cabinet chief Vijay Nambiar to give all possible details of his plans with the Department of Disarmament to calm the NAM.

Nambiar is expected to meet behind closed doors today with ambassadors from the General Assembly group, although with scant possibilities of winning consent in favor of Ban s plan.

The DDA was created with its present format in January 1998, with the aim that the secretary general pay attention to disarmament and non-proliferation after the Cold War.

Prensa Latina News Agency

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