Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 28, 2011

Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will travel to Paris, France, where she will lead a United States delegation to the second Conference on Confidence Building Measures towards Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. The meeting will be held June 29-July 1, 2011. She will be joined by Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, and a distinguished inter-agency delegation, including Gary Samore, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

This conference is an opportunity for the five nuclear-weapons States party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)—the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and France—to discuss transparency, verification, and confidence-building measures. The conference will be a constructive step in the process of nuclear-weapons states’ engagement on disarmament and related issues, as agreed to at the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

The first nuclear-weapons states Conference on Confidence Building Measures towards Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, held in London in 2009, provided a unique and important forum for the five countries to discuss issues related to nonproliferation and disarmament. The Paris conference will offer an opportunity to build upon the positive results of the London conference. We look forward to working closely with our counterparts to further our collective efforts in an area of profound interest to the international community.

PRN: 2011/1080