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UAE seeks global pressure on Israel to sign NPT

posted on 24/10/2004: 687 views


New York: The UAE renewed its call to the international community to take effective measures to press Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It also sought the dismantling Israel's nuclear facilities, as per international resolutions, and accept regular inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).



This came in a statement by Khalifa Hamed Al Tunaiji, head of the UAE delegation, during the sixth committee meeting on disarmament at the UN General Assembly. Al Tunaiji said the Middle East is the most tense region in the world, not only because of the Israeli occupation to Arab territories, but also due to Tel Aviv's insistence in developing the most sophisticated mass destruction weapons, particularly the nuclear weapons.



He said the UAE considers such moves as a source of grave danger not only to the security of the neighbouring countries, but also to the whole region, and the world at large. Denouncing the Israeli policy of non-cooperation, Al Tunaiji said the UAE wants the international community to immediately exert pressure on Israel to fulfil its commitments as per the UN resolutions, especially the ones that urges Israel to join the NPT like the other countries of the region.



He also urged that Israel to accept inspections of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Al Tunaiji spelt out the UAE's three demands to Israel. It wants Israel to cooperate with the IAEA on matters relating to its nuclear programme. It also urged Israel to immediately stop producing fissionable material, refrain from constructing facilities to produce weapons of mass destruction, stop nuclear experiments and dismantle its nuclear arsenal. The UAE also asked the UN to call on all countries, particularly the ones with nuclear capabilities, to adhere to the international resolutions and stop rendering financial, technological and scientific assistance to Israel to develop its arsenal.



The UAE representative said the present international situation calls for concrete steps to create a nuclear-free Middle East. Such an action will greatly reduce tension in the region and pave the way for peace talks in the Middle East, he added. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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