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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

September 24, 1998

Egypt: Israeli nuke programme, threat to ME stability

    For many years Egypt has been playing a fundamental role not only in tailoring principles that guided the United Nations in penciling nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), but also in putting such treaty into effect within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    Accepting that NPT will be more effective in realizing its objectives through freeing the world of nuclear weapons, Egypt has exerted every possible efforts to render the ME and Africa nuclear-weapons free zones.

    On September 28, 1989, President Hosni Mubarak called on the international community to adopt measures necessary for keeping Africa nuclear weapons free zones.

    Egypt's relentless efforts, in fact, have culminated in complete success, as 42 African countries signed the treaty in 1996. On November 6, 1989, the UN General Assembly approved the draft resolution submitted by Egypt to free the ME of nuclear weapons.

    In April 1990 came President Mubarak's call to free the ME of weapons of mass destruction, adding new dimension to Egypt's stance towards maintaining balance in the region, as Egypt deems possession these kinds of weapons by any party in the area enough to threaten peace, security and stability of the entire region.

    So came Egypt's call for adopting a world principle to put an end to weapons of mass destruction weapons all over the world through implementing phased-out world agreement.

    Within this framework, Egypt called on the international community to exert all possible efforts to free the ME from weapons of mass destruction and to back up all endeavors made to this end.

    Addressing the 42nd International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in New York on Tuesday, Egypt's Ambassador to Austria Dr. Moustafa Al Feqi said that President Hosni Mubarak's call to free the world of weapons of mass destruction, and his call to hold an international conference to this end, would maintain international peace and security.

    He, further, underlined Egypt's concern to maintain goals of NPT, pointing out to the dangers posed by Israeli nuclear on the ME region. " Egypt calls for applying the IAEA comprehensive guarantees system as a significant step on the way of realizing NPT goals," said Feqi, adding that all Arab countries have acceded to NPT except for Israel which did not even declare its intention to join the treaty in the future.

    Feqi made it clear that the Israeli nuclear programme on eastern border of Egypt creates a really high dangerous situation in the region, affirming that Egypt will leave no stone unturned to realize this end.

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