04 May 2017
Qatar has stressed the importance of establishing a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East and placing all nuclear facilities in the region under comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in compliance with the resolution of 1995 NPT Review Conference and in accordance with the mechanisms agreed upon at the 2010 Review Conference, highlighting the need to avoid a repeat of the failed 2015 Review Conference.
This came in a statement delivered by Qatar's Ambassador to Vienna and its permanent representative to the IAEA, Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, before the First Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which began in Vienna on Tuesday and will come to a close on May 12.
The statement warned of the gravity of the international situation, the exacerbation of international and regional crises, the increased emphasis on the role of nuclear weapons in the military and security doctrines of many countries, and the escalation of cyber wars, as these negative developments have been a major concern for the international community.
The statement also supported the stance taken by the GCC member countries at the meeting. It noted the support of Qatar for the initiative to prepare a binding international instrument for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
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