KUALA LUMPUR – The Nuclear Weapons States should accede to the Protocol to the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty without reservation, the United Nations (UN) was told.
Malaysia Permanent Representative to UN Ramlan Ibrahim in making the call at the General Debate of the 2015 Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York, yesterday said Malaysia believed in the strengthening of existing nuclear weapon-free zones, and the establishment of new nuclear weapon free zones represented a positive step towards attaining the objective of global nuclear disarmament.
He said ASEAN should continue to encourage the Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) to do so.
“As the current chair of ASEAN, Malaysia has submitted a memorandum on the activities of the SEANWFZ Treaty, for the consideration of the conference.
“ASEAN hopes to seize upon the momentum of the continued interest of the NWS to sign the protocol,” he said. His text of speech was sent to Bernama, here, today.
Ramlan said that Malaysia also remained concerned on the danger of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, as nuclear weapons free zone had yet to be established in that region.
“My delegation joins the call for establishment of nuclear weapons free zones in the region without delay.
“In this regard, Malaysia calls for the implementation of the 1995 Resolution on the Middle East, and urges for the Conference on establishing a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East to be convened as soon as possible,” he added.
He also reaffirmed Malaysia’s full confidence in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in discharging its duties and responsibilities in an impartial, effective and professional manner.
He said Malaysia also reaffirmed the centrality of the agency’s role in issues relating to nuclear safeguards and verifications. – BERNAMA