KUWAIT URGES FOR FRESH EFFORTS TO RID MIDEAST OF WMDS

NEW YORK, Oct 28 Kuwait has called upon the international community to renew efforts, for ridding the Middle East of nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Hope for making the world more secure and safer has become much more farfetched than before, particularly since the international community failed to hold the international conference for establishing the Middle East nuclear weapons free zone, due in Helsinki in 2012, said Abdullah Saad Al-Ajmi, Second Secretary at the State of Kuwait Permanent Mission to the UN, in an address to the UN General Assembly’s committee on disarmament and international security.

The world had been anticipating a historic achievement, with the holding of the international conference, in 2012, however, hopes had been faded, when Israel abstained from taking part in this international gathering, the Kuwaiti diplomat noted, indicating that the Israelis had taken this passive stance, on basis of non-convincing arguments, while repeatedly trying to dishonour their commitments, stipulated by the relevant international legitimacy’s resolutions.

The international community must coerce Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to fully examine its nuclear installations, he said.

Israel exclusively possesses WMD’s in the Middle East, Al-Ajmi stated further, in his statement to the UN commission.

Regarding Iran’s nuclear programme, Al-Ajmi said, the State of Kuwait has backed efforts designed to resolve this issue with peaceful means, in a manner that safeguards Tehran’s right to employ the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, under the IAEA’s supervision.

SOURCE: KUNA