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UN: Member states start working on a nuclear free Middle East zone

0 18.11.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Sima Bahous, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations: "Today, we are launching a multi-year path that has come from within the Middle East region, and in order for us in the coming years to arrive at the ultimate goal of reaching a consensual legally binding treaty, it is essential that inclusiveness, accountability, and collective ownership should steer guide this process."
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SOT, Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General: "Serious deliberations on a Middle East zone free of nuclear, chemical and other weapons of mass destruction would be an opportunity for the States of the region to engage in direct dialogue on arrangements that could address their security requirements. And, of course, the significance of a prospective Middle East zone extends far beyond the region. I therefore hope this conference will serve as the start of an inclusive process in which all the states of the region can participate. In accordance with universally agreed principles, a Middle East zone will need to be a product of the specific circumstances of the region and strengthen the security of all states."
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SOT, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (arabic): "The participation of the vast majority of regional states, with one exception, reaffirms the care given by the represented states, including the State of Palestine, to implementing their commitments and responsibilities in making this region and the world a safe place, clear of these types of weapons. The absence of Israel, the only party absent, its self-isolation, and its boycotting of the conference, indicate its long-term policy of obstructing the establishment of such a zone; especially since it is the only party that has illegally acquired nuclear weapons and continues to refuse to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty."
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SOT, Majid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations: "Unfortunately in the Middle East, the weapons of mass destruction arsenal of the Israeli regime supported by the USA and furthermore, the latter's unwillingness to engage in the work of the conference are the two main obstacles in the realization of the idea of establishing such a zone in the Middle East. Their irresponsible policies and actions to proliferate WMD should not be acceptable to the international community."
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SCRIPT
UN member states from the Middle East and elsewhere convened at the UN headquarters in New York City on Monday for the first session of the conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
"Today, we are launching a multi-year path that has come from within the Middle East region, and in order for us in the coming years to arrive at the ultimate goal of reaching a consensual legally binding treaty, it is essential that inclusiveness, accountability, and collective ownership should steer guide this process" Sima Bahous, permanent representative of Jordan to the United Nations said during her opening speech.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, "Serious deliberations on a Middle East zone free of nuclear, chemical and other weapons of mass destruction would be an opportunity for the states of the region to engage in direct dialogue on arrangements that could address their security requirements."
Riyad Mansour, Palestine's ambassador to the UN, criticised Israel for not taking part in the conference, saying, "Its self-isolation, and its boycotting of the conference, indicate its long-term policy of obstructing the establishment of such a zone; especially since it is the only party that has illegally acquired nuclear weapons and continues to refuse to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty."
The conference, which kicked-off on Monday and is scheduled to last until Friday, will be held annually.