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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

August 12, 1998

Egypt firm on banning production of nuclear material

    Egypt's permanent representative at the UN Moneir Zahran yesterday renewed Egypt's firm support to initiating negotiations on a treaty to ban the production of fissionable material as a preliminary step towards global dismantling of weapons of mass destruction.

    He told a general meeting on disarmament in Geneva that nuclear disarmament should continue to top the priorities of the disarmament conference and called on the participants in the conference to pursue constant efforts towards this objective.

    "Egypt has made clear on many occasions its willingness to seek and support balanced solutions to deal properly with all issues before the Conference on Disarmament," Zahran noted. He assured that "the discussions are proving to be useful as a consensus building tool which led the Conference to reach an agreement on the negotiations on FMCT", adding that the ultimate success of negotiations depends on heeding legitimate concerns from all sides.

    In his speech, Egypt's representative at the UN reiterated Egypt's support of elimination of nuclear weapons in order to free the world from these weapons of mass destruction, referring to President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak's call in this concern.

    "I would like to stress once again the importance of achieving the universal adherence to NPT. All of the Middle East countries with the exception of Israel have adhered to the Treaty. Israel's refusal so far to accede to the NPT creates an additional risk to the unbalanced situation in the Middle East, which aggravates national security concerns for Egypt and serious regional security apprehension over the risk of nuclear proliferation in the ME." added Zahran.

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