Israel says no decision on Middle East nuclear conference (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 03/30/12)
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Israel´s UN ambassador said Friday that his government has made no
decision yet on whether it will attend a proposed international
conference on a nuclear weapons free Middle East.
But the envoy, Ron Prosor, insisted there could be no accord on a
weapons free zone until there is a "comprehensive peace" in the
The United Nations is pressing for a conference this year and UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has previously said he hoped Israel
While there are many doubts about whether Israel would go, Prosor
told AFP: "No decision has been made regarding Israel´s participation
in the international conference at the end of 2012." He clarified
comments made earlier to reporters.
Israel would only be willing to join a nuclear free zone "when there
will be comprehensive peace in the region. Before that we feel that
this is something that is absolutely not relevant," he said earlier.
Prosor said there had been too many cases of nuclear programs in the
region where "the international community had very little ability" to
act. He cited Iraq and Syria, where Israel has attacked nuclear
facilities in the past.
Israel is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal but has a policy
of neither confirming nor discussing the country´s atomic
UN leader Ban has sought a conference on Middle East nuclear
disarmament this year and he asked Finland´s undersecretary of state
for foreign affairs, Jaakko Laajava, to be the main planner.
Finland agreed to host the event but no official date has been given.
Diplomats consider the presence of Israel and Iran crucial to the
success of any conference, which was called for by the nuclear Non-
Proliferation Review held in 2010.
Ban said last month that he wanted Israel to attend.
"Israel will be invited and they should be there but nothing has been
decided yet," he said while in Jerusalem.
Preparations are going ahead amid mounting Western concerns over
Iran´s nuclear program. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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