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UAE ratifies Convention for Suppression of Nuclear Terrorism

posted on 16/01/2008: 945 views

New York - The UAE has officially become a member of the UN anti-nuclear terrorism organisation. Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on behalf of the UAE government, signed the instrument of accession of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

The move was in accordance with the Federal decree no. 95 of 2007. The instrument of accession, which was officially deposited at the office of the UN Secretary General by Mr. Anwar Othman Al-Barout, Acting Charge d'Affaires at the UAE's Mission at the United Nations, reflects the UAE's approval of the content of the agreement although the UAE has officially expressed reservations on the first paragraph of Article 23, which the country said it would not be bound by that clause.

The clause reads: Any dispute between two or more States Parties concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention which cannot be settled through negotiation within a reasonable time shall, at the request of one of them, be submitted to arbitration. If, within six months of the date of the request for arbitration, the parties are unable to agree on the organization of the arbitration, any one of those parties may refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice, by application, in conformity with the Statute of the Court.

The convention, which was adopted by the UN general assembly on April 13, 2005, was opened for ratification on September 14, 2005. The convention was the 13th anti-terror agreement to be adopted by the UN and the first to target terrorism with weapons of mass destruction. It obligates all member countries to promulgate laws and rules that criminalise all crimes mentioned in the convention and to stipulate deterring penalties to deter people from committing those crimes. The convention also called on member countries to take all necessary measures for the protection of radioactive and nuclear materials and to protect nuclear plants according to laid down rules and standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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