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Disarmament - Transparency – Opening of the Luxeuil airbase – Joint communiqué by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of Defense (Luxeuil, April 16)

As part of its efforts to promote transparency in the disarmament arena, today France opened up airbase 116 at Luxeuil in Haute-Saône. Representatives from some 50 nations and international organizations visited the former nuclear munitions depots at this base as well as the former Lafayette fighter squadron facilities. They were able to note the concrete effects of France’s 2008 decision to scale down its airborne nuclear component by one-third.

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and as a nuclear-weapon state as defined in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), France has a special responsibility for maintaining and strengthening international peace and security.

France’s actions on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament reflect this twofold responsibility, and are guided by certain unchanging principles:

puceoupas working towards a safer world;
puceoupas developing friendly relations between States;
puceoupas forestalling threats to peace;
puceoupas respecting the right of legitimate self-defence;
puceoupas opting out of the arms race;
puceoupas moving towards general and complete disarmament.

France pursues its aim by means of multilateral approaches, normative regimes and, where necessary, informal initiatives.

France supports the international organisations responsible for establishing international verification mechanisms, and plays a part in confidence and security building measures designed to ensure stability and transparency within the international community.

Finally, France is constantly alert to any changes to the international security situation and to the strategic context, to which it responds by seeking the widest possible international solidarity.

Updated : 02.13

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