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        General Assembly
10 October 2003

Official Records
General Assembly
Fifty-eighth session
First Committee
6th meeting
Friday, 10 October 2003, 10 a.m.
New York

President:Mr. Sareva ....................................................(Finland)
The meeting was called to order at 10.05 a.m.

Agenda items 62 to 80 (continued)

General debate on all disarmament and international security agenda items


Mr. Issa (Egypt) ( spoke in Arabic ): ...


With regard to international efforts in the field of non-proliferation, it is regrettable that this new session of the General Assembly was convened after a year during which the Middle East had witnessed what can be described as an unprecedented level of violence and escalation. Yet we have not seen any serious effort to address the risks of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East region, especially through securing universal adherence to the NPT there, an objective that we seek and that has the support of most Member States and countries party to the NPT.

The danger of nuclear proliferation and the achievement of universal adherence to the NPT in the Middle East region are policy priorities for Egypt. Egypt will continue its efforts to achieve that objective in the General Assembly through a draft resolution that calls for the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, and through another that calls upon Israel, the only State in the Middle East that has not yet acceded to the NPT, to accede to the Treaty.


The meeting rose at 12.15 p.m.

This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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