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31 October 2005
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixtieth General Assembly
Meetings (AM & PM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY REAFFIRMS STRONG SUPPORT FOR NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING
INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, DIRECTOR GENERAL ELBARADEI
The General Assembly met today to consider the annual report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); the situation in Central America; the zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic; and Holocaust remembrance. It was also expected to take up the third report of its General Committee, concerning organization of work and allocation of items.
MAGED ABDELFATTAH ABDELAZIZ (
), speaking on behalf of the Arab States, said the Agency played a vital role in maintaining nuclear safety and security. Egypt appreciated the Agency’s help in economic development and nuclear technical cooperation. Funding for technical cooperation had to be increased. It was important to focus on projects with tangible economic returns. A programme of sustainable development projects should be elaborated for each State. The integrated safeguard networks would not be effective without universality. The Agency must strive further to achieve universality of the safeguard system. Arab States had made many efforts to guard against proliferation.
The Arab States had, since 1980, called for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, he said. They had also called for a comprehensive nuclear safeguard system throughout the Middle East. It was regrettable that Israel had rejected that system, a decision which negatively impacted all non-proliferation efforts in general, and in the Middle East in particular. Arab countries called on the IAEA Director General to take steps to bring about such a system. The first step must be to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the region under the supervision of the IAEA. There was an urgent need to implement the Agency’s programmes to protect nuclear materials from nuclear terrorism. It was necessary to place all nuclear materials under supervision as soon as possible.
MOHAMED YOUSIF IBRAHIM ABDELMANNAN (
) said he appreciated and supported the contents of the IAEA’s report, which reflected efforts to establish a nuclear-weapon-free world. The Middle East was on the edge of the abyss because Israel continued to possess nuclear weapons and refused to adhere to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The international community must take all necessary measures so that Israel would abandon its nuclear weapons and accept joining the Treaty immediately.
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