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01/04/2016: PH CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND PARTNERSHIP IN NUCLEAR SECURITY

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-035-2016
01 April 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Secretary of Science and Technology Mario G. Montejo led the Philippine delegation to the final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS 2016) hosted by United States President Barack Obama from 31 March to 01 April 2016.

The Summit was attended by 52 Head of States and Ministers including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

Secretary Montejo was joined by Ambassador Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson, Philippine Sherpa and Resident Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency; Dr. Soledad Castañeda of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute; Assistant Secretary Raymund Jose Quilop of the Department of National Defense; and officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

At the dinner hosted by President Obama at the White House on 31 March, Secretary Montejo called for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He also called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to adhere to relevant UN Security Council resolutions and to cease its nuclear weapons program.

At the Summit on 1 April, Secretary Montejo called for stronger international cooperation and partnership in ensuring that terrorists do not get hold of weapons of mass destruction.

“Domestic frameworks can be further augmented through international cooperation, both at regional and international levels, such as in the UN, APEC and ASEAN. We underscore the importance of the regular exchange of information among countries as a vital tool to thwart terrorist objectives.”

The Summit adopted a Joint Communique that will advance tangible improvements in nuclear security behavior and strengthen the global nuclear security architecture. It also endorsed the Action Plans for five key international organizations and institutions namely: International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, INTERPOL, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. The Action Plans reflect the intent of countries, in their roles as members of these organizations, to strengthen their contributions to nuclear security.###

PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-045-2016 
01 April 2016

Secretary Mario Montejo with US President Barack Obama at the White House (Photo credit: Nuclear Security Summit Secretariat)

PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-046-2016 
01 April 2016

Secretary Mario G. Montejo (top row, 2nd from left) joins other Heads of Delegation to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit