Kuwait: Peace only in N-free world

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NEW YORK, Nov 30: There will be no peace, security, or stability unless the world is rid of nuclear arsenal and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), said a senior Kuwaiti diplomat. Speaking at the Second Session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN Headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said that his country would continue to adopt measures to lessen the usage of such weapons against humanity.

Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi speaking during the conference

He affirmed that Kuwait, as President of the current session, urged countries with influence in the region to take responsibility and join the Treaty of Non-Proliferation Treaty of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) signed in 1995. Ambassador Al-Otaibi added that Kuwait was against the spread of all kinds of conventional and nuclear weapons of destruction, partaking in all global efforts by the UN and other organizations to halt their spread regionally and internationally. He reiterated calls for Israel to join the NPT, underlining that the Israelis were the only group in the Middle East who refused to contribute to the region’s stability due to the presence of their nuclear arsenal and stockpile.

Arab countries had contributed to the decision in 1995 to have a Middle East clear of WMDs and nuclear arsenal, indicated Ambassador Al-Otaibi, adding that 2010 review conference had ratified a work plan to implement resolutions concerning clearing Middle East from such weapons. The Kuwaiti diplomat expressed sorrow of the lack determination in regards to clearing the region from Nuclear weapons, saying that sides like Israel specifically continue to thwart any efforts in this regard preventing reviews of the NPT in 2015 to implement the tenets of the agreement. (KUNA)

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