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 Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) to restrict the proliferation of missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction and relevant technologies.
MTCR now has 35 members and is an essential element of international cooperation against proliferation.
The MTCR now has 35 members and is an essential element of international cooperation against proliferation.
The monitoring, information exchanges and various forms of collaboration developed over the past 30 years have significantly reduced the ability of proliferators to acquire the equipment, technologies and knowledge to develop and produce missile systems, without, however, preventing the legal trade of them.
The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery remain a threat to international peace and security, as recognised by UN Security Council Resolution 1540.
Together with the other MTRC members, Italy will continue to promote the commitment to limit the proliferation of delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction and the associated technology and equipment.
The Italian authorities will also continue to raise awareness in the manufacturing sector, as well as universities and scientific and technological research centres to promote greater understanding and transparency of the MTCR's goals."