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In the absence of the Chairman, Mr. Alcalay (Venezuela), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.
The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.
Agenda items 64 to 84 ( continued)
Thematic discussion on item subjects; introduction and consideration of all draft resolutions submitted under all disarmament and international security items
The Acting Chairman (spoke in Spanish ): In accordance with the approved programme of work and timetable, this morning the First Committee will conclude the second stage of its work.
Mr. Aleryani (Yemen) ( spoke in Arabic ): As I am taking the floor for the first time, I should like to congratulate the Chairman and the other officers of the Committee on their election.
Yemen was one of the first countries to adhere to the treaties and conventions on disarmament, including the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC). The foreign policy of Yemen is based solidly on the need to eliminate weapons of mass destruction in all their forms as a step to consolidating peace, cooperation and development in the Middle East and the world at large.
Yemen supports other countries in the Middle East in expressing concern that Israel is the only country that has not heeded the appeals of the international community to adhere to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and is the only country continuing to pose threats to peace and security not only in the Middle East, but also throughout the world. That is why we support the adoption of draft resolution A/C.1/56/L.5, presented by Egypt, calling for a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, and draft resolution A/C.1/56/L.25, entitled “The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East”.
My country shares the concerns expressed by most countries of the world that countries possessing stockpiles of nuclear weapons should respect their commitments under the protocols they have signed to reduce their stockpiles gradually. My country supports the views expressed by non-nuclear countries about the dangers of such weapons to mankind and the environment, and recognizes the need to guarantee that these weapons will not be used by countries that possess them.
The meeting rose at 11.30 a.m .
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