April 16 marks 30 years since the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) was established. Over the years, the MTCR, which includes 35 states, has become a key practical tool for deterring the proliferation of missiles.
The Regime makes it possible to draft export control standards regarding materials used to manufacture delivery vehicles of weapons of mass destruction, including ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles. The parties to the MTCR exchange information about missile programmes that are cause for concern, current trends in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and experience in combating the illegal transfer of materials subject to control. Regularly updating the list of materials subject to control is a major focus.
We consistently advocate that the MTCR should remain a technical tool for preventing the proliferation of delivery vehicles of weapons of mass destruction, and that the application of its provisions should not hamper legal trade in the corresponding materials.
We are confident that prioritising the admission of new states with substantial missile and space technology potential, as well as the adoption of MTCR standards by many other countries, would help make the Regime more effective.
The MTCR is a positive example of constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation between states in the area of non-proliferation for the common purpose of strengthening international peace and security.