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Minister welcomes Nobel Peace Prize to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Disarmament, Minister Simon Coveney, Press Releases, Global, 2017

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, TD, has warmly congratulated the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize earlier today.

Minister Coveney said:

I am delighted to congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for their well-deserved achievement in winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The campaign has worked tirelessly in recent years to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. The work of ICAN and other Civil Society organisations was fundamental to achieving a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons earlier this year. Ireland believes that work in disarmament and non-proliferation processes are more effective when there is strong cooperation between states and Civil Society. Ireland is delighted that ICAN, one of its long-term partners in the area of nuclear disarmament, has had its work recognised by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.”

Minister Coveney went on to say:

“I am very proud that I, on behalf of Ireland, was able to sign the ground-breaking Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons in New York in September. Nuclear disarmament has been a priority for Ireland from the outset of our membership of the United Nations. We are proud to have played a leadership role, together with Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa, in negotiating this ground-breaking treaty, which represents the successful outcome of the first multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in over 20 years Ireland will continue to support the work of civil society organisations including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons to achieve this goal.”

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