Posted on October 11, 2014
Qatar has underlined the importance of the multilateral framework in addressing disarmament and non-proliferation and renewed its commitment to co-operate with efforts to strengthen global peace and security and to rid humanity of weapons of mass destruction in general and nuclear weapons in particular, Gulf Times said.
This came in a statement of ‘Qatar on disarmament and international security’ delivered by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Thani, third secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, at the 69th session of the first committee of the UN General Assembly debate on agenda items relating to disarmament and international security. Sheikh Ahmed said that despite the importance attached by the international community to address the issues of disarmament, the stalemate and the inability of the Conference on Disarmament since 1996 on adoption of the agenda of the conference, reflected a lack of political will.
He noted that the proliferation of small and light arms and weapons constituted one of the challenges facing the world in the field of disarmament “which requires from all parties, especially those that manufacture and export weapons, firm restrictions and an adequate control to prevent the proliferation of such weapons, as well as full compliance and optimal implementation of the United Nations programme of action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small and light arms and weapons in all its aspects”.

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Sheikh Ahmed said Qatar believed that the only way to prevent an arms race in outer space and the maintenance of international peace and security required a multilateral treaty, stressing that the Conference on Disarmament had the primary role in this regard, as the sole multilateral negotiating forum on disarmament. He said that Qatar was keen on strengthening the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the pillars on which the treaty was based, including the non-proliferation, disarmament and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, stressing in this regard the right of states parties to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, in accordance with the provisions of international law.
The goal of building a world of stability and security could not be achieved without the political will of member states, as the only way to achieve that goal, he said, adding that there was no doubt that reducing budgets for acquisition of arms and military equipment and to materialise all international obligations in the field of disarmament, would achieve the objective we all seek.