Qatar Takes Part in NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction

The State of Qatar took part in the Annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation held in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

Qatar’s Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al-Thani, who represented the State of Qatar at the Conference, has discussed the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East along with other issues with the participation of a number of Arab countries.

The establishment of a WMD free zone in the Middle East would contribute to regional and international peace and security, lead to a nuclear-weapon-free world in accordance with article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and bring us closer to the goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons, HE the Ambassador said.

He stressed the importance of putting into action the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference Resolution on the establishment of the zone, stressing that this resolution shall remain in force until all its objectives were achieved.

The implementation of the Middle East resolution according to the mechanism of the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is still possible, HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al-Thani said, urging the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom, the treaty depository powers, to shoulder their responsibility in this respect.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs