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UAE reiterates commitment to NPT

posted on 09/05/2009: 762 views

New York - The UAE has underscored the importance of reaffirming the rejection of any attempt to the transfer, production and piling of nuclear weapons, especially in nuclear-free regions such as the Arabian Gulf region.

The call was made in a statement by Hamad Al-Ka'abi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA , when he addressed the third meeting of Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference being held here at the UN headquarters.

Al-Ka'abi referred to the UAE policy on the evaluation and implementation of a peaceful nuclear energy program to meet its future energy demands emphasising the UAE program is based on principles of complete operational transparency, highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation, and being carried out with direct cooperation with the IAEA and responsible experienced nations. "The UAE has taken concrete steps to implement this policy, such as the signing and ratifying of a number of relevant international instruments, the latest of which was signing of the additional protocol to the Safeguards agreement, and the UAE is progressing in the development of an infrastructure that ensures the utilization of nuclear energy without increasing the risk of nuclear proliferation as enshrined in its commitments to forgo enrichment and fuel reprocessing".

The address highlighted UAE position to important issues being discussed as part of the meeting agenda noting despite the lapse of four decades since the announcement of the NPT regime, progress in achieving the goal of the treaty has been very slow, and sometimes it was going in the wrong direction. This is as a result of the continuing race among states to develop new nuclear weapons capabilities and transfer systems as part of their policies of nuclear deterrence, in addition to attempts of some non-nuclear states to seek and develop nuclear weapons as means of defending themselves. "Such issue does not only raise our security fears of the escalation of threats resulting from the presence of these weapons, but also raises fear of these weapons reaching irresponsible parties and organizations, which may lead to a nuclear tragedy endangering regional and international peace and security," he stated.

He noted that concerns were expressed regarding international negligence of the commitments pledged at the 1995 review and extension conference of the parties to the NPT, and the NPT review conference in 2000, of which the most urgent is the compliance with the resolution on the establishment of a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East. "The UAE called upon the international community, especially the nuclear weapon states, to show the political will and enough flexibility in order to assist in the success of the current thematic debated within the frame of this preparatory session," he said.

"The UAE called for the importance of reaffirming the international community rejection of any attempts aiming to the transfer, the production and the piling of nuclear weapons, especially in the non-nuclear weapon regions such as the Arabian Gulf region and the neighbouring regions, demanding all states seeking to develop nuclear weapons and produce and pile fissile material for nuclear weapons, to rethink their policies that threaten regional and international peace and security, and take all immediate measures to ensure the halt of these attempts in compliance with the treaty and the principles of the international law and relevant resolutions," he explained.

Al-Ka'abi concluded by stressing the importance of dealing with present nuclear threats and the implementation of NPT regime in a manner based on the principles of justice, transparency and equality which will ensure the universality of the treaty and achieve the goals of saving the world from the possibilities of any nuclear confrontation or disaster, which will contribute in enabling the upcoming review conference to take effective measures that will strengthen the global commitment towards nuclear non-proliferation. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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