Statement by Mr. Aftab A. Khokher, Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the Conference on Disarmament 11 June 2009 Mr. President, At the outset, We would like to appreciate your efforts with regard to reaching a consensus on the implementation of the programme of work of the 2009 Session. We believe that the Conference should now focus on the issues which would facilitate early resumption of the substantive work on four core issues as well as on the other three agenda items. In this regard, I would like to share the following: i) Application of the Rule of Consensus: All decisions are to be taken on the basis of the rule of consensus as laid down in the rules of procedure of the conference. Accordingly, the appointment of chairs of the Working Groups and Special Coordinators, allocation of time, and preparation and adoption of the report of the Working Groups will be finalized on the basis of consensus. ii) Selection of 4 Chairs and 3 Special Coordinators: The selection should be based on the principle of equitable geographical distribution. We welcome your proposal in this regard. We, in the G-21, are in the process of consultations on this issue. iii) Selection of Chairs: Neutrality is the key factor in reaching a consensus on nomination of Chairs and Special Coordinators. Therefore, we believe that the Chairs should not be from P-5, non-NPT states or countries in a military alliance or countries enjoying nuclear protection. iv) Terms of Reference: The programme of work of the CD is a package with a clear objective to work on four core issues with a view to negotiate legally binding instruments. The Conference cannot afford to have mere discussions without any outcome. With this clarity of the objective, it is important to chart out a road map for work in the 2009 session. This will be useful to make an assessment at the end of the session to determine the programme of work for the next year. Therefore, we suggest discussions on the terms of reference for the Working Groups. v) Allocation of Time: All Working Groups on four core issues should have balanced allocation of time. We also need to allocate sufficient time for 3 Special Coordinators to explore the way forward through consultations. vi) Rotation of Chair: Rotation of Chairs is also important. The term of Chairs should be in accordance with the Rules of Procedure. One option is to syncornize the term of the Chairs with the term of the CD Presidency. We ready to look at other ideas as well. vii) Establishment of Sub Groups: The Working Groups, once established should have debates and exchange of ideas in order to determine the necessity and number of each sub-group under a Working Group. viii) Substitution of the Chairs: We need to have a clear understanding whether the Chair person- specific or country-specific. ix) Level of the Chairs: We request the CD Members to discuss on the level of the Chairs of the Working Groups and Special Coordinators. In our view, it should be at the Ambassadorial level. We look forward to benefit from views of the Conference Members. I thank you, Mr. President.