VIENNA, 17th May, 2017 (WAM) -- A total of 12 Arab countries have jointly submitted a working paper on establishing a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction, WMD, and nuclear weapons.
The move occurred on Friday at the conclusion of the first preparatory meeting for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT, of Nuclear Weapons, Kuwait’s Deputy Permanent Delegate to the UN headquarters in Vienna, first Secretary Abdullah Al Obaidi said. The second meeting will be held in Geneva in 2018 for the 2020 conference.
In a speech on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council States, Kuwait's Permanent Delegate at the United Nations in Vienna, Ambassador Sadeq Mohammad Maarefi stressed that establishing a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction proliferation aims to support regional stability and security, Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reported.
He said that Resolution No. 1995 on the Middle East, which was taken on a basis of an indefinite extension of the NPT, remains in force until its goals are achieved. He pointed out that all the Parties to the NPT of Nuclear Weapons are asked to implement the resolution.
GCC states have confirmed that the aim of establishing a Middle East zone without WMDs is to achieve stability and security in the region.