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UNODA Occasional Papers No.10: Verifying Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Agreements Today, March 2006

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community.

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Opening statement: Nobuyasu Abe

Over the last fifteen years, the pendulum of verification has swung from earlier confidence in the effectiveness of international inspection under the multilateral treaties towards a marked scepticism and a resort to a greater degree of self-reliance by certain countries with sufficiently sophisticated technical capabilities. The author holds that the question of verification, especially of weapons of mass destruction, is too important to be the preserve of technical experts. Our task is therefore to find good ways for future verification requirements to be successful in securing compliance and averting catastrophic consequences.

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