UAE calls for inspection of Israel's nuclear programme
New York, Oct 22 (NNN-WAM) -- The UAE has called on the United Nations to make Israel cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by opening up its arsenals of weapons of mass destruction for inspection.
Abdullah Hassan Obaid Al Shamsi, Member of the UAE delegation to the UN made the call in a UAE address to the UN First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), which held a session here to discuss a number of global security issues, including the issue of having a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the West Asia.
He said the West Asia and Arabian Gulf region was one of the most tense regions worldwide because of Israel's position and arsenal of weapons of mass destruction - especially nuclear weapons - and efforts of other States in the region to build nuclear reactors. "That was a great source of danger and concern to all," he said in the address.
He pointed out that the United Arab Emirates strongly condemns the continued unilateral policy of Israel and appeals to the international community to put pressure on the Israeli Government to implement the Security Council and General Assembly resolutions which called for Israel to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty as all other States in the region had done.
He also urged the UN to force Israel to cooperate with the IAEA by declaring all its nuclear facilities and accepting the principle of verification and to cease the stockpiling and production of fissile material and all nuclear testing.
He said serious and vigorous efforts were needed to achieve the alleviation of tension and instability in the region, adding that it was imperative to pave the way for renewing dialogue and returning to the peaceful negotiations process, which could ultimately resolve the question of Palestine and the Middle East.
He also supported the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free -zone in the West Asia.