NEWS AND EVENTS
November 15, 2006
Egypt supports establishing of nuclear free zone in the region
A briefing for the Egyptian mass media representatives took place at the embassy of Uzbekistan in Egypt. It was devoted to the signing of the Agreement on nuclear free zone in Central Asia, Jahon reports.
The detailed information on the background of establishing a nuclear free zone, course of negotiation process and final stage of signing the agreement was presented during the briefing.
One of the leading newspapers in Egypt, Al-Masaiya informed its readers about this meeting by publishing an article \"Egypt supports the signing of the Agreement on a nuclear free zone\".
Al-Masaiya also noted that initiative of establishing a nuclear free zone in Central Asia was suggested by Islam Karimov, the President of Uzbekistan at the 48th session of General Assembly of the United Nations on 28 September, 1993. The article also highlights that \"this agreement is an important step on the way of developing the regime of nuclear non-proliferation\". Moreover it is noted that Russia and China, the countries that directly border the Central Asian countries, also support establishing a nuclear free zone in Uzbekistan.
Al-Masaiya also reports that Ahmed Abulgeyt [transliterated], the Minister of International Affairs [Egypt], expressed his support regarding the signing of the Agreement on a nuclear free zone in Central Asia, and also declared that it is an important contribution of Central Asian countries to the nuclear non-distribution. He says it can be a good example for the Middle East countries not to develop or possess such kind of weapon.