Syria calls on Israel to commit to Middle East free of WMD 2009-09-29 07:15:32   Print

    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Syria on Monday called on Israel to commit to the resolution adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to comply to the Non Proliferation Treaty for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.

    "We come here every year and stress from this very rostrum -- as do others -- that the Middle East is among the most tension ridden regions of the world and that the situation is ominous," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem said in his address to world leaders attending the UN General Assembly's general debate.

    "Paying lip service to the need for peace is categorically different from working for peace" and said he said. "Actions inside and outside the region spoke louder than words and peace remained elusive."

    Moualem pushed for Israel to submit its nuclear facilities to the agency's safeguard regime, as well as for their compliance to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    In the IAEA 150-nations conference held earlier this month, a resolution which had directly criticized Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years was adopted.

    "We recall the right guaranteed by the NPT that all states are entitled to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes," he said.

    Islamic nations have continued to say that Israel is a threat to the Middle East, while Israel claims to not possess any nuclear weapons.

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