Times of Oman
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Oman calls for a nuclear-free Middle East
October 14, 2013 | 12:00 AM

New York: The Sultanate reiterated its support for initiatives aimed at making the Middle East a zone free from nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, aware of the hazards that these weapons pose to the security and stability of states, the region and the world at large.

In a speech at the UN General Assembly delivered by Plenipotentiary Minister Nujaim bin Sulaiman Al Abri, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Sultanate to the United Nations, the Sultanate also stressed the right of the states to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding that an end to the dispute in this area was not possible through any coercive policies and practices, such as sanctions and other measures, which have their limitations and can be weak when it comes to effectiveness, but through serious diplomacy that can help all the states to use nuclear energy towards peaceful purposes.

The Sultanate expressed the hope that the international community, particularly the depositary governments of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of nuclear weapons to other states in the Middle East to accede to the treaty and place their nuclear installations under comprehensive control system supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

This may contribute towards making the treaty universally applicable and making the Middle East a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, a goal that deserves all the support and backing of all the states, especially the major powers.

The Sultanate also expressed regret at the failure of the International Conference on the Middle East in ensuring implementation of the resolution adopted by the Review Conference of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The lack of support from some parties to hold such a Conference underlines a lack of understanding of the conditions and goals and the aspirations of the people of the Middle East.

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