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19 JANUARY 2011
At UN Security Council Meeting:
PH PRESSES FOR HOLDING OF CONFERENCE ON MIDEAST NUCLEAR FREE ZONE IN 2012
19 January 2011, New York – Citing the need to build peace and to secure the well-being of people in the Middle East, including the estimated two million Filipinos working in the region, the Philippines pressed for the holding of a Conference in 2012 on the establishment of a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.
Speaking at the Security Council meeting Wednesday on the agenda item “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question,” Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan said “the stability and progress of the Middle East is essential for world peace and security” and stressed that the “goal of making the region free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction” is an “important building block in the foundation of long-lasting peace and stability in the Middle East.”
Ambassador Cabactulan said the Middle East was an important region, a major source of oil and a market for exports and services for many countries.
Ambassador Cabactulan also brought attention to the presence of more than two million Filipinos in the Middle East, whose safety and security are “of great importance to the Philippine Government.”
Ambassador Cabactulan explained that the convening of the Conference in 2012 on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction, to be attended by all States of the Middle East, was “one of the key points on the 1995 Resolution on the Middle East at the successfully-concluded 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) chaired by the Philippines.”
The Resolution also included a provision on the “appointment by the UN Secretary General and the co-sponsors of the resolution, in consultation with the States of the region, of a Facilitator, with a mandate to support the implementation of the Resolution” and the “designation by the UN Secretary General and the co-sponsors of the resolution of a host Government for the Conference.”
Ambassador Cabactulan urged the UN Secretary General, the three depository States and concerned delegations to carry out the tasks assigned to them by the 2010 NPT Review Conference “with haste” while taking care to ensure that the tasks are done well and in consultation with countries in the region.
Ambassador Cabactulan said that eradicating the threats of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is vital to the world’s interests and “all nations in the region must attend, participate and negotiate in a forthright and give-and-take manner.” END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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