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The foreign ministers of ten countries have called for fresh efforts by the international community to halt the spread of nuclear weapons and materials at a meeting in Germany.
Group seeks to ban all fissile material for nuclear weapons
At talks in Berlin on Saturday, hosted by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, ten nations agreed to renew their efforts to speed up nuclear disarmament.
"We encourage all countries who may still be hesitant to follow our example," Westerwelle said.
The German foreign minister said that the participants from five continents saw themselves as the vanguard of a new global disarmament effort.
"We want to make this young decade a decade of disarmament," he said.
A joint statement released after the meeting said that the goal of the initiative was to "work toward achieving nuclear disarmament and strengthening the international non-proliferation regime."
Seeking nuclear disarmament
Westerwelle told journalists that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the international Nuclear Test Ban Treaty should be adopted by all countries, adding that the production and mining of all fissile material for nuclear weapons should be banned internationally. He called for resuscitating the Geneva Disarmament Convention.
Attending the talks with Germany were Japan, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Chile, Poland, Mexico, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Last year, these countries formed the group Friends of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Author: Gregg Benzow (dpa,AP)
Editor: Kyle James