A WMD-free zone in the Middle East: Desirable and Feasible – and more Necessary than ever
Achieving a WMD-free zone in the Middle East: building a process • International-regional nexus for implementing the CWC, BTWC and eradicating nuclear weapons • Importance of civil society engagement • Possible elements of a constructive process
Don’t bomb – TALKICAN and Israeli Disarmament Campaign Demo, Jerusalem, August 6, 2012
Creative initiatives can fulfil the INTENT of 2010 NPT commitment on Middle East • Focus on intent (regional dialogue leading to negotiations) if the letter (2012 Conf) not possible Technical, security and cultural talks to prepare for WMDFZ NEW ‘HELSINKI’ PROCESS?
A new 3-track ‘Helsinki’ process for the Middle East? Parallel negotiations, track 1, track 2 and track one-and-a half? • Principles for mutual security, human rights and humanitarian issues such as refugees? • Laying groundwork/preparing the way for a WMDFZ, dealing with technical and political issues relating to fissile materials production, fuel cycle technologies, missile programmes, adherence to and implementation of the various WMD-related treaties and Security Council resolutions, and a time-table forIsrael to put itsnuclear facilities progressively under IAEA safeguards? • Addressing economic, scientific, technological and environmental cooperation, encompassing shared resources,; and also cultural and educational exchanges?
P5 Responsibilities • Support Amb Laajava’s efforts + consultations • Engage constructively with key stakeholders such as Israel, Iran and Arab Leage • Explore alternative mechanisms for regional dialogue and confidence-building • Lead by example • ratify CTBT (US + China) • reduce role, value and salience of NW • support education + meetings about humanitarian consequences of nuclear, chemical and bioweapons Treat use of all NBC weapons as crime against humanity