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09.04.2013

“The main reason why the Arab states had agreed to the indefinite extension of the NPT was that they wanted security from nuclear weapons. Now you are telling them that this is impossible, and the official nuclear powers, the members of the Middle East Quartet, are washing their hands. The Arab countries may well respond by saying, ‘In that case we are going to provide our own security, and we don't need the NPT for that,’” - Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Movement of Scientists.

23.11.2012

“The signs are ominous at the moment, there are rumblings that he 2012 Conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East will not take place. And I think this is going to be a major set-back. Which is why I think my talking to you today is particularly timely, because I think there is an opportunity for Russia to use its considerable international influence in order to prevent the breakdown because if we do not have this meeting this December I fear that we are storing up trouble for ourselves and for the NPT for 2015”, – Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

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Name: Dhanapala, Jayantha
City: Sri Lanka
Affiliation: Member, Supervisory Council, International Luxembourg Forum
Biography :

Before 2007 he was a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office in Geneva. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). As a Sri Lankan diplomat Dhanapala served in London, Beijing, Washington D.C., New Delhi, and Geneva and he has represented Sri Lanka at a number of international conferences chairing several of them including the historic NPT Review and Extension Conference of 1995. Dhanapala is also a former Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Jayantha Dhanapala is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a governing board member of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Dr. Dhanapala was Sri Lanka's official candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations, before withdrawing from the race on 29 September 2006. From 2007 - President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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