Kingdom's Statement To UN Disarmament Committee

March 30, 2010

Statement of the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia To the United Nations Before The United Nations Disarmament Commission in the General Debate in its 2010 Session by H.E. Ambassador Khalid Al-Nafisee, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations



In the name of Allah Beneficent, Merciful

Mr. President

I am pleased to extend to you my sincere congratulations on your election as President of the United Nations Disarmament Commission for its 2010 session, and we are fully confident that your experience and wise leadership will lead to the success of the Commission's deliberations during this session. Moreover, the Delegation of Saudi Arabia reiterates its full support to the deliberations of this committee under your leadership that will lead to the conclusion we all aspire to be achieved.

Mr. President

The Government of my Country reiterates the importance of the pivotal role played by the Disarmament Commission as a specialized technical body that contributes to mobilize the disarmament mechanisms, quasi-stalled, and mitigates the risks that threaten the security and peace throughout the world. The Government of my Country reaffirms being fully committed to the principles of disarmament designated by the International Community as shown through its accession to several major conventions and treaties in this regard. The Kingdom was among the first signatories to the Convention on the Prohibition, Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons (CWC); the Convention on prohibiting the use of biological weapons (BWC); the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT); the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Small Quantities Protocol annexed (SQP); in addition to its ongoing cooperation with the Committee Established Pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1540 by providing it with the required successive reports required; as well as adequate information on existing and updated regulation and legislation, of which was the latest but not last, the National Bill on the Implementation of the Convention on Chemical Weapons adopted by the Saudi Council of Ministers on November 28,2005.

Mr. President

The International Community is fully aware that there is no other solution to achieve a secured and dignified life for future generations but to strengthen international peace and security through the respect of international treaties and conventions on disarmament and non-proliferation, as this will help reducing the nuclear threat and non-proliferation. In spite of the deep efforts exerted in the field of disarmament, including the efforts of this body and other channels of disarmament, there are shortcomings in the implementation and serious enforcement from the political will of some States who possess nuclear weapons.

Those states are not willing to dispose of those weapons or to be subject to the comprehensive international monitoring system exercised by the International Atomic Energy Agency. This behavior led to the continuation of competing in both nuclear tests and the development of weapons of mass destruction.

Mr. President

The deviation from the principles of international legitimacy, the provisions of international law and the requirements of international justice has been and remains the main cause of the risks experienced in the Middle East, including the Gulf region, from the dangers of weapons of mass destruction. The matter of ignoring the Israeli nuclear program for decades, which does not even invoke the production of electricity but only produces weapons of mass destruction, constitutes an original sin that stimulates some countries to move forward in the development of their nuclear capabilities, invoking the "double standard" to justify the non-compliance with the resolutions of international legitimacy in this regard.

Again; we find that the easiest, fastest and most effective solution is to declare the Middle East, including the Gulf region, a free zone of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, without any exceptions.

Mr. President

While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports all countries' peaceful use of nuclear energy, including the right to access knowledge and peaceful nuclear technology, it calls on all parties to stick to the path of negotiations and peaceful solutions. From this rostrum, the Delegation of my Country's Government calls upon all parties to commit themselves to a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue; as well as stressing on the importance of the cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in this regard, especially that Iran always declares that its nuclear program is designated for peaceful purposes, thus providing a fertile ground that has not been exhausted yet.

Mr. President

The world today faces grave challenges that increase our Organization's responsibility, and it is a must that we make hope the beacon that leads us to act with an objective, serious and constructive spirit. This is what we aspire to achieve through the work of this body under your distinguished leadership.

Thank you, Mr. President