CAIRO: Egypt has blamed the United States for failing to reach a global document aims at ridding the world of nuclear weapons saying that “U.S. has officially blocked the final document making the Middle East region free of nuclear weapons.”
Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hesham Badr, head of the Egyptian delegation to the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference held in New York City, denied the U.S. accusations saying that Egypt stands behind the collapse of the UN Nuclear conference, Youm7 reported.
Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security for the US State Department accused some countries including Egypt, of blocking the document due to conditions stirred Israel concerns, AP reported Friday.
The NTP Conference failed to get consensus on the conclusion document, hereby all attending countries, including Israel, should hold a conference on Middle East Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (MENWFZ) by March 2016, a non-deferrable deadline and under the brokerage of the United Nations.
Although Israel is one of four countries (India, Pakistan and South Sudan), that did not sign the 20-year-old NPT, the Hebrew state attended the conference as a monitoring state to “enhance dialogue with the Arab,” an anonymous Israeli official told Reuters on April 26.
Thus, putting such condition would impose Israel to attend the expected MENNWFZ; the United States, backed by Britain and Canada, vetoed the document, blaming Egypt for the collapse of the conference.
Washington’s veto came after sending a U.S. delegation to Israel to discuss the above mentioned conditions thaw was proposed by Russia.
At the opening session on the conference on April 27, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry renewed Egypt’s call for holding a conference for the MENWFZ which stymied since 2012 when Israel and U.S. officials announced that the timing to hold the conference is “inappropriate due to tensions in the region.”