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There are advantages in the Conference on Disarmament (CD) being the venue for Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty and other nuclear disarmament related negotiations, particularly in securing participation by all the nuclear-armed states. Such negotiations will be more complex and sensitive than agreements such as the Ottawa Landmines Convention, the Oslo Cluster Munitions Convention and the Arms Trade Treaty, sometimes suggested as alternative models to negotiations in the CD. But the advantages of the CD as a negotiating forum do not justify indefinite tolerance of the present stand-off. The UN General Assembly, with its First Committee taking the initiative, must now actively engage in finding ways to resolve the disarmament machinery’s problems.