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UAE demands IC press Israel to comply with IAEA's safeguards

posted on 30/10/2007: 682 views

New York - The security situation in the Middle East continues to pose a major threat to international peace, security and stability due to Israel's insistence on keeping its nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, the UAE told a UN panel.

'While the UAE expresses its concern over the extended exemption of Israel, the sole country in the region which has not yet acceded to the NPT, from subjecting its nuclear facilities to the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency, we would like to affirm that the inequality and double standard policies exercised in addressing disarmament issues are the causes behind the international failure in correcting this dangerous imbalance in the region, which has contributed in a way or another to the irresponsible development of Israel's nuclear weapons, and encouragement of some other states, in the context of their concept of security deterrence, to acquire dangerous nuclear weapons, said Ahmed Abdulla Ali Al Ketbi, Member of the UAE Delegation at the First Committee / General Assembly on items entitled: Establishment of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Region of the Middle East : The Risk of Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East.

'Despite of the confidence-building measures taken by Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, particularly in the area of disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, the security situation in the Middle East continues to pose a major threat to international peace, security and stability due to Israel's insistence on keeping its nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, he admitted.

'Therefore, the UAE reiterates the political, legal and moral responsibilities of the international community towards stabilizing peace and security in the Middle East, and emphasizes the commitment of the international community towards the following:

1) Demand that Israel cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency especially in the area of disclosure of its nuclear activities, and its facilities and stockpiles of sensitive materials including the acceptance of the principle of verification under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

2) Demand for Israel to immediately cease its activities of production and stockpiling of any fissile materials, including the materials and mechanisms used for the production of weapons of mass destruction. Israel is further asked to cease all nuclear trials, dismantle its existing nuclear weapons and change their uses into peaceful purposes.

3) The International community must exert more serious and effective pressures, including economic pressures, on the Israeli Government to ensure its unconditional accession to the Non-Proliferation Treaty as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency Treaty and its two protocols.

4) Demand for all States, especially nuclear States, to ensure their commitment to the relevant resolutions of international legality, which prohibit providing financial, technical and scientific assistance to Israel for the purposes of developing and improving its nuclear program.

The implementation of these important steps, he affirmed, would strengthen the confidence-building measures among the States concerned, and will create a positive environment that contributes to the revival of the peace process. This will also support efforts aimed at containing violence and avoiding the possible risk of leakage or transfer of dangerous nuclear materials to irresponsible terrorist groups.

In this context, we welcome the agreement concluded by the International Atomic Energy Agency with the Government of Iran last month for establishing a timetable for resolving the pending issues related to its nuclear program.

'We hope that serious negotiations will soon be resumed among all concerned parties in order to reach a peaceful and final agreement on this issue so as to prevent further tensions and confrontations and assure countries of the region against any security or environment threats.

'Lastly, we hope that all delegations would vote in favour of the two draft resolutions put for voting before this committee on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East, as they reflect the unanimous agreement of the NPT States parties in the region on the vital importance of freeing the Middle East from all weapons of mass destruction, especially the nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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