Moscow to address problem of weapons of mass destruction in Middle East in 2013

Moscow wants an international conference on turning the Middle East into a zone free from nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, and their delivery means, to be convened before the end of 2013.

Russia made its position clear on this in Geneva, at the second session of the committee for preparing a 2015 review conference on the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

"All participants agreed that the treaty remains the nucleus of the system of international security and reaffirmed plans to make it universal and to strengthen it, based on the action plan approved at the 2010 conference," it said.

The member-states made the conclusion that a convocation of conference on turning the Middle East into a zone free from nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, and their delivery means, remains of key importance in this context, the Foreign Ministry said.

"One of the core tasks for the near future is to fulfill the resolution to call a conference on creating a zone free from nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, and their delivery means in the Middle East. The Russian delegation reaffirmed Russia's commitment to honor this obligation and proposed that such a conference be called before the end of 2013," it said.

The latest session was attended by delegates of 106 signatory countries and more than 60 nongovernmental organizations.

A third session of the preparatory committee convened in New York on April 28 and it will last until May 9 under the chairmanship of Peru's permanent envoy to the UN Enrique Roman-Morey.

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