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Disarmament

 

Disarmament
Meeting between Undersecretary Della Vedova and OPCW Director General ÜzümcüThe Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, held a meeting today at the Farnesina with the Director General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, during his visit to Rome to...
Italian commitment to limiting the proliferation of WMD delivery systems The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano said:"Thirty years ago, on 16 April 1987, the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, UK, USA) announced the establishment of the...
The Foreign Ministry expresses great concern over news of the ballistic missile launched by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea The Foreign Ministry expressed great concern over the news of the ballistic missile that was launched last night by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Country’s repeated nuclear tests, along with...
Ministerial declaration by the Foreign Ministers of the like-minded group supporting a relaunch of conventional arms control in EuropeWe, the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Italian...
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The commitment to disarmament, weapons controls and non-proliferation is an essential component of Italian foreign policy. Italy has long been active on various fronts that include the United Nations, the European Union and the G8, as well as in the context of major international review conventions.
Among the most significant results achieved by our country in regard to this sector are the adoption of the European strategy against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (adopted during the Italian duty Presidency of the EU in 2003) and its participation in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) aimed at banning trade in weapons of mass destruction.

Italy’s engagement in the context of disarmament and non-proliferation is divided into various sectors in relation to the various categories of existing weapons. The usual distinction made is between conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. The former of these, generally considered legitimate, are defined as “conventional” on the basis of two observable characteristics: a relatively contained capacity for causing injury and discriminating effects that allow for the greater protection of the civilian population. The latter, including include nuclear, biological and chemical weapons are distinguished for their enormous, and above all, indiscriminate potential for destruction.


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