Turkey urges more support for UN atomic watchdog

09:36, May 07, 2010      

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As the sole legitimate body to determine compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty ( NPT) regime, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in need of more support and resources, Turkish Undersecretary of the Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said on Thursday at the NPT Review Conference.

"Turkey recognizes the need for further strengthening and universalization of the Agency's verification authority as well as its work in the area of promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy," he said as the Review Conference entered its fourth day.

The international safeguards system of the UN atomic watchdog is "the fundamental tool" in global non-proliferation efforts, Sinirlioglu said, also noting the IAEA's essential role in helping NPT members develop peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

"Provision of nuclear fuel in a predictable, stable and cost effective manner over the long term without undue interference and ownership of these mechanisms through a general sense of agreement ... of the IAEA are essential for a broader basis for their implementation," he said.

The Turkish minister also called for members of the NPT to work towards a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.

"Its our sincere hope that NPT state parties will seize the opportunity provided by this conference to renew and to further their prior commitments towards a nuclear weapon-free Middle East, " he said. "We support the establishment of an effectively verifiable zone free of such weapons and their means of delivery in the Middle East."

Sinirlioglu said he welcomed the recent move by Indonesia to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear tests, and urged the remaining eight nations in Annex II of the Treaty to follow suit.

"We call on all states that have not yet signed or ratified the Treaty to do so as soon as possible -- in particular, those states whose ratification is required for its entry into force," he said. "Pending that, states should continue to abide by a moratorium and refrain form any acts contrary to the provisions of the CTBT."

Source: Xinhua


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