Syria backs efforts to disarm nuclear weapons
Syria-Regional, Politics, 7/8/2005
"Syria is convinced that the best guarantee to not using the nuclear weapon is the full disarmament from this weapon," Syria's Permanent Envoy to the United Nations office in Geneva Bashar al-Jaafari said Thursday.
"Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Treaty remains one of the best signed in the field of disarmament... a best proof of that is the joining of the majority of world countries to it," Jaafari told a currently-held "Disarmament Conference of Geneva" on negative security guarantees issue.
He added that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that until now doesn't join the NPT treaty." " Achieving the universality of this treaty is a political and moral commitment upon the countries concerned... this universality has not been achieved in the Middle East region due to Israel's rejection to join the treaty," Jaafari added.
He said that "at the same time when we see some nuclear countries seek to fight the nuclear proliferation inside and outside the region, we notice that those same countries forgot the disarmament of the nuclear weapons and failed to deal with achieving the universality of the treaty in the Middle East region." Jaafari added that offering security guarantees from countries which possess nuclear weapons to countries which don't possess is a legal and moral issue the nuclear countries should be committed to.
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