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Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Annual Report 2000-2001

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

AUSTRALIAN SAFEGUARDSAND NON-PROLIFERATION OFFICE

22 October 2001

The Hon. Alexander Downer MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Mr Downer,

Pursuant to section 51 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987, and to section 96 of the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994, I submit my Annual Report covering the operations of the Australian Safeguards Office and the Chemical Weapons Convention Office for the financial year ended 30 June 2001. This Report also covers the operations of the Australian Comprehensive Test-Ban Office for the same period.

As outlined in this Report, all relevant statutory and treaty requirements were met. In particular, all requirements under Australia's safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency and under the Chemical Weapons Convention were met, and activities required in anticipation of the entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty were carried out. ASNO found no indication of unauthorised access to or use of nuclear materials or nuclear items in Australia, and all Australian Obligated Nuclear Material was accounted for.

During the year ASNO made an effective contribution to the development and strengthening of international verification regimes concerned with weapons of mass destruction.

Yours sincerely,

John Carlson
Director General

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade