I have the honour to take the floor on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.
I would like to thank the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Conference on Disarmament for organising this informal meeting and presenting the draft resolution "Reducing space threats through responsible behaviours". We find this meeting useful, in view of the preparations for the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on disarmament and international security.
The EU and its Member States welcome the initiative to propose a new draft resolution, which is a timely step to reduce threats and risks related to outer space and to promote responsible behaviour in outer space, notably in the framework of the United Nations. Outer space is an area, where we have seen quite a lot of challenges to our security in recent years and it merits our full attention including at and beyond the upcoming UNGA.
The EU and its Member States will continue to promote the preservation of a safe, secure and sustainable space environment and the peaceful use of outer space on an equitable and mutually acceptable basis, and remain strongly committed to the prevention of an arms race in outer space, which is essential for strengthening international security and stability and for safeguarding the long-term use of the space environment for peaceful purposes. In this context, transparency and confidence-building measures, reducing the risks of misperception and miscalculation, and unwanted escalation, and getting a common understanding of responsible behaviour in outer space play a pivotal role in the much-needed expansion of the normative and legal framework. The new draft resolution might help to create the momentum for more ambitious steps, which does not exclude the possibility of a new legally binding instrument in the future. The EU will continue advocate for responsible behaviour in outer space as well as a comprehensive approach in addressing challenges, risks and threats to peaceful use of outer space in compliance with international law, notably in the framework of the United Nations.
The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.