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I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
We would like to express our strong support and respect to you and to your colleagues from the bureau.
We express our disappointment for the fact that despite all your and bureau's effort we came to the point when procedural matters, usually adopted by consensus, have to be resolved by voting.
The disarmament and non-proliferation machinery has a vital role to play to handle the many challenges to global security we are facing today. Those should be addressed through multilateralism that provides opportunities to come together and work constructively to improve transparency and build trust.
We urge States with issues related to the issuance of visas to raise them in the Committee on Relations with the Host Country. In the First Committee our mandated subject matter of Disarmament and International Security deserve our full attention.
We are therefore of the opinion that the First Committee should launch its formal officially framed deliberations as envisaged in the documents presented by you and the Secretariat, including the adoption of the Programme of work and timetable of the First Committee for 2019.
We would like to see the First Committee launch its work today.