The message reads, in part:
“The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, an international partnership of 88 nations and six international organisations, is carrying out multifaceted work to counter the threat of terrorism involving nuclear weapons and to ensure the physical protection of nuclear facilities and materials.
It is important that, despite the difficult international situation, the Initiative participants continue to interact in a constructive and partner-like manner, based on a common understanding of the problems associated with the nuclear terrorism threat. These efforts have helped build a high-profile and authoritative expert community, to establish a regular exchange of advanced experience and cutting-edge science and technology solutions. Much has been done to universalise the most important multilateral agreements – the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Amendments to it.
I expect that during this plenary meeting, you will have constructive and substantive discussions, and will outline ways for further improving the effectiveness of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.”
The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism was announced in 2006 at the G8 summit in St Petersburg by the presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and George Bush.