Geneva, February 28 – The State of Qatar has confirmed its commitment to support efforts aimed to establish a zone free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
In in a speech delivered by HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah before the High-Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, the State of Qatar referred to the negative effects of armament programmes for which countries are racing in the light of the progress of technology which they have achieved, saying that led to an increase in the expenses of their production by a high margin and that forced many peoples, in the light of the sense of danger due to the armament of their neighbours, to allocate a portion of their national income to defense sector at the expense of the aspired sustainable development.
He added that ”it is certain that we can make significant progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals if some of the resources spent on armament were reallocated to economic and social development as well as to the fight against climate change, food insecurity and poverty.
In this context, HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs expressed the hope that the Conference, which is the sole multilateral forum for negotiations on disarmament, would reach an a comprehensive and balanced programme of action during the year 2013, that takes into account security concerns of all states, for reaching an advanced stage of disarmament, which restores the confidence of the international community’s credibility and effectiveness of this conference, and confirms its ability to continue to conclude international treaties, thus contribute to supporting and strengthening international peace and security.
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