UN / MIDDLE EAST NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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At the opening of the Conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, UN chief Antonio Guterres said, “serious deliberations” on the matter would be an opportunity for the States of the region to engage in “direct dialogue on arrangements that could address their security requirements.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

18 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chamber
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations:
“Today, we are launching a multi-year path that has come from within the Middle East region, and in order for us in the coming years to arrive at the ultimate goal of reaching a consensual legally binding treaty, it is essential that inclusiveness, accountability, and collective ownership should steer guide this process.”
4. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chamber
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Serious deliberations on a Middle East zone free of nuclear, chemical and other weapons of mass destruction would be an opportunity for the States of the region to engage in direct dialogue on arrangements that could address their security requirements. And, of course, the significance of a prospective Middle East zone extends far beyond the region. I therefore hope this Conference will serve as the start of an inclusive process in which all the States of the region can participate. In accordance with universally agreed principles, a Middle East zone will need to be a product of the specific circumstances of the region and strengthen the security of all States.”
6. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chamber
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Representative of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The participation of the vast majority of regional States, with one exception, reaffirms the care given by the represented States, including the State of Palestine, to implementing their commitments and responsibilities in making this region and the world a safe place, clear of these types of weapons. The absence of Israel, the only party absent, it’s self-isolation, and it’s boycotting of the Conference, indicate it’s long-term policy of obstructing the establishment of such a zone; especially since it is the only party that has illegally acquired nuclear weapons and continues to refuse to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.”
8. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chamber
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Majid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations:
“Unfortunately in the Middle East, the weapons of mass destruction arsenal of the Israeli regime supported by the USA and furthermore, the latter's unwillingness to engage in the work of the Conference are the two main obstacles in the realization of the idea of establishing such a zone in the Middle East. Their irresponsible policies and actions to proliferate WMD should not be acceptable to the international community.”
10. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chamber

STORYLINE:

At the opening of the Conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, UN chief Antonio Guterres said, “serious deliberations” on the matter would be an opportunity for the States of the region to engage in “direct dialogue on arrangements that could address their security requirements.”

Addressing the conference today (18 Nov), Guterres said nuclear-weapon-free-zones put a permanent end to the possibility of nuclear conflict in a given region and could provide additional assurances to the global community of the peaceful nuclear intentions of the countries in these regions. He said such zones have offered the means for States to take the initiative and work together to advance their own common regional security, and have enabled groups of States to make independent contributions to the elaboration of global norms and facilitate progress in general negotiations on disarmament.

The Secretary-General said significance of a prospective Middle East zone extends “far beyond the region.” He hoped that the conference would serve as “the start of an inclusive process in which all the States of the region can participate.” He added that, in accordance with universally agreed principles, a Middle East zone would need to be a “product of the specific circumstances of the region and strengthen the security of all States.”

Jordanian ambassador Sima Bahous, whose country was elected to chair the conference, said participants were working collectively towards a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction without infringing on the sovereign right of States to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations:
“Today, we are launching a multi-year path that has come from within the Middle East region, and in order for us in the coming years to arrive at the ultimate goal of reaching a consensual legally binding treaty, it is essential that inclusiveness, accountability, and collective ownership should steer guide this process.”

Bahous said her country was fully committed to peace and security in the region and the world and believes that the creation of the Middle East zone is key in realizing the rights, hopes and aspirations of people to live in peace, dignity and prosperity, free from the fear and devastation of war, violence, terrorism, and injustice.

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour said the participation of the vast majority of regional States, “with one exception, reaffirms the care given by the represented States, including the State of Palestine, to implementing their commitments and responsibilities in making this region and the world a safe place, clear of these types of weapons.” He stressed that the absence of Israel, “the only party absent, it’s self-isolation, and it’s boycotting of the Conference, indicate it’s long-term policy of obstructing the establishment of such a zone; especially since it is the only party that has illegally acquired nuclear weapons and continues to refuse to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.”

Mansour underscored that the world today was in need of leadership which would restore confidence at the international level, adding that the implementation of the international community’s resolutions and the commitment to international law are the best way to restore that confidence. He said the creation of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction was not only essential for the region, rather for peace and security throughout the world.

Iranian ambassador Majid Ravanchi said the success of the conference would surely contribute to international peace and security through the elimination of all three types of weapons of mass destruction, namely, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. However, he stressed that in order to achieve this goal, regional participating States as well as the nuclear weapon states should be determined to enter into meaningful negotiations and agree and honor specific obligations.

Ravanchi added, “Unfortunately in the Middle East, the weapons of mass destruction arsenal of the Israeli regime supported by the USA and furthermore, the latter's unwillingness to engage in the work of the Conference are the two main obstacles in the realization of the idea of establishing such a zone in the Middle East. Their irresponsible policies and actions to proliferate WMD should not be acceptable to the international community.”
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