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Amendment to the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons

Amendment to the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons proposed by the Netherlands
(‘Temporality clause’)

Article 1 is not compatible with our commitments as a member of NATO, should Article 1 not narrow its scope. We therefore propose the following text proposal to be added as a paragraph 1.3 in order to bring the text in line with security policies that combine a role for nuclear weapons with the goal of complete nuclear disarmament. In addition, the paragraph would strengthen the ties between this instrument and the NPT.

The text of this paragraph would read: “The obligations in paragraphs 1 of this article may be held in abeyance for a State Party to this Convention provided this is in conformity with their rights and obligations under the NPT. Any State Party wishing to do so must deposit a declaration to this end at the time of signature, ratification, acceptance, approval of or accession to the Convention and shall withdraw such declarations as further progress is made on the full and effective implementation of Article VI of the NPT, but no later than the point at which the complete, verifiable, and irreversible elimination of nuclear weapons has been achieved.”