Press Release on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

November, 2012

This year marks 25 years since the creation of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which now counts 34 states(note1) as members.

Over the years the Regime has proven to be an effective multilateral mechanism in the field of missile non-proliferation. The controls agreed in the MTCR are widely used by many States and international organizations, including the UN. This promotes the creation of reliable barriers against the proliferation of missile systems for delivering weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and of related technologies that are not designed to impede national space programs or international cooperation in such programs as long as such programs could not contribute to delivery systems for WMD.

The MTCR is a positive example of mutually beneficial multilateral cooperation for the achievement of a common goal: preventing the proliferation WMD delivery systems and strengthening international security. To that end, the Regime’s members will continue their close cooperation, including with non-member countries, to accomplish this mission(note2) .

(note1) Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

(note2) For more information on the MTCR please visit: (other site)

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