Jakarta, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is holding to its strong commitment to cooperate for the preservation of a nuclear weapon-free region.

General Secretary Le Luong Minh, stressed the need to strengthen links and synergies in that regard between the 10 ASEAN Member States, speaking at a recent conference in this capital on the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The conference was attended by representatives of international organizations involved on the topic.

Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Organization of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Tests and countries with capabilities to do so such as the U.S., Russia, France, China and the UK.

ASEAN has been a signatory since 1995 of a regional instrument that favors preserving the region’s nuclear-free status, while advocating the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in safe conditions.

The bloc is currently working on a revised action plan for the 2012-2017 period, with a strong emphasis on measures to strengthen the two guidelines, while continuing to encourage member countries to conclude the signing of additional protocols through the IAEA.

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