Egypt welcomes NPT review conference final document

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Egypt welcomed on Saturday the final document reached by participants in the Non-Proliferation Treaty ( NPT) review conference which wrapped up in New York on Friday.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit expressed in a press release that his country's satisfaction with what he described as "its success including an action plan (in the final document) to render the Middle East free of nuclear weapons and calls on Israel to sign the NPT."

He also termed the final document as a balanced deal and a step toward a nuclear weapons-free world.

The 25-day-long NPT Review Conference concluded at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday with a final document, in which 189 UN member states agreed on measures toward disarmament and the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East.

The document calls for all states of the Middle East to attend a conference in 2012 for the establishment of the WMD-free zone, and calls on Israel to sign the NPT and to place all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

It is the first "practical effort to execute the 1995 international resolution to get the Middle East free of nuclear weapons," Abul Gheit said.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian foreign minister said Cairo's intention to start soon coordination with Arab and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) states to launch negotiations on the preparations for the 2012 conference.

Source: Xinhua


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