12 April, 2007…
Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, received Ambassador Amano, Japanese Ambassador to Vienna and elected chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, on 10 April 2007.
The Minister indicated that Egypt has a clear position which will be highlighted in the upcoming meeting of the preparatory committee, especially towards the Middle East resolution issued during the NPT Review Conference in 1995 and 2000, which calls for establishing a nuclear-weapons-free-zone in the Middle East, and for Israel's accession to the NPT, since it is the only country in the region which has not acceded yet.
The Minister added that failing to implement the Middle East resolution which has been adopted 12 years ago calls for concern and does not contribute to realizing peace and stability in the Middle East. Egypt therefore calls upon the international community to deal with the resolution with the same enthusiasm shown in handling the Iranian nuclear file. The Minister also stressed on the importance of refraining from resorting to the policy of double-standards in order to maintain the credibility of the non-proliferation system which has been suffering from consecutive failures.
Ambassador Amano expressed his understanding, as elected Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference, of the attention accorded by Egypt to the Middle East resolution. The Japanese official stressed his country's support for Egypt's stance which calls for establishing a nuclear-weapons-free-zone in the Middle East, adding that all relevant review issues, such as nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation issues and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, will be evenly and subjectively tackled.
The NPT Review Conference is held every five years. The next conference will be held in 2010, and will be preceded by 3 preparatory meetings; the first of which will be held in Vienna in the period from 30 April till 11 May 2007.