Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Middle East / Mediterranean

Room: 114
28.08.2010, Sat 10.30 - 12.00

Organizers: Liz Waterston, Zita Makoi, Ahmed Geneid , Abraham Behar

Speakers: Dr Mohamed Soleiman, Professor Abraham Behar, Dr Michele Di Paolantonio, Mr Hillel Schenker, Dr Mustafa Ghanim

The issue of NWFZ Middle East was first proposed by Egypt 36 years ago. It was revived in 1990 by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with a plan for WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Free Zone Middle East. 10 Arab countries situated in Africa, many of which are along the Mediterranean littoral are already members of the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (the Penlindaba Treaty which came into effect on July 15 2009). At the recent Arab Nation Summit 22 Arab countries launched a massive and pressing call to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Furthermore, the recent NPT Rev Conf final document calls for concrete steps towards a NWFZ and an international conference on this topic in 2012. The regions of the Mediterranean and the Middle East are inextricably linked, and therefore we are advocating that IPPNW press for a NWFZ Mediterranean and Middle East. This workshop will address concrete practical steps that IPPNW can take to address these issues.