Final Helsinki NGO statement – The Middle East without Weapons of Mass Destruction, the way forward
Civil society actors and NGOs want to support the Middle East
governments in the task is to create a WMD-free zone in the Middle East.
The conveners of the official governmental Conference on the
establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all
other weapons of mass destruction (the United Nations Secretary-General,
the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States) have
stated that the official conference will not be convened in 2012. But they
have reaffirmed their commitment to convene the conference and Finland
as the host Government remains prepared to organise it once convened.
There have been series of preparing consultations and conferences on
this issue by NGOs and civil society actors and academic scholars during
the year 2012 in different parts of the world .There is a need to
collect the results and suggestions of these and also to look at the way
forward. And for this there will be one more conference in December
2012, in Helsinki.
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