Missile Technology Control Regime celebrates its 30th anniversary
Didier Reynders underlines the importance of international cooperation on non-proliferation
Thirty years ago, on 16 April 1987, the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) was established. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders appreciates the MTCR as an example of effective international cooperation on non-proliferation. Thanks to this initiative, the development of missile programs was prevented or delayed. However, the challenges remain significant, such as the development of a missile program by North Korea.
The membership of the MTCR was initially limited to the G7. This was later expanded. Belgium is a member of the organization since 1990. The aim of the 35 participating countries is to prevent the dissemination of support systems for weapons of mass destruction. The strict control on the export of (parts of) missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles is an essential method to achieve this.
Belgium will continue to work with its partners in the MTCR to address threats and to make the world safer.