Malta addresses the 63rd General Conference of the IAEA

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Sep 23, 2019

The Permanent Representative of Malta to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) addressed the 63rd General Conference of the IAEA on Thursday 18th September 2019. 


In her address, Ambassador Natasha Meli Daudey emphasised that nuclear safety and security should remain at the core of the Agency’s work, and appealed for the agency to ensure that the such high operating standards are also observed and implemented for maritime transport networks, to ensure prevention, preparedness and responsiveness to any incidents at sea.


Along the years Malta has benefitted widely from technical cooperation with the Agency. Together with government co-funding, Malta obtained new equipment for cancer treatment to be used at the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre, as well as equipment for Heritage Malta for the conservation of national heritage.  Malta thanked the IAEA for its technical support and the sharing of expertise through the Technical Cooperation Programme.


Thanks to the new Country Project Framework signed in 2018, Malta will continue to benefit from this valuable cooperation in the fields of cancer treatment, water and the environment and radiation safety and security in the years to come.


Malta reiterated its unwavering support to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and called for its full universalization. The national statement also reaffirmed Malta’s full support towards the establishment of Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone and called on Syria to cooperate fully with the IAEA and implement its Additional Protocol.


Malta recalled its commitment to the JCPOA, regarded as an important multilateral achievement and called on all parties to refrain from escalating tensions and impeding the JCPOA commitments.


Malta also expressed its support for all diplomatic efforts aimed to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and called on DPRK to return to the NPT and to fully comply with IAEA Safeguards and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.  


This year’s General Conference and Scientific Forum were held between the 16th and 20th September 2019 at the IAEA Head Quarters in Vienna.

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