Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone

SIMULATION

Participants of the Conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone

free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction:

 

Reaffirm their commitment to the goal of establishing a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems;

 

 

Recognize the importance of disarmament and non-proliferation treaties and frameworks, including the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540;

 

Recognize the importance of regional security and reaffirm the aims and objectives of the Middle East peace process; recognize also that efforts towards establishing a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction and efforts in improving regional security are mutually reinforcing;

 

Decide to establish a Working Group on arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament composed of diplomatic and technical representatives from all present parties to identify  principles and modalities of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems in the Middle East, including the geographic scope, verification standards, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, without prejudice to other issues that parties may raise in the course of the Group’s deliberations;

 

Decide also to establish a Working Group on regional security composed of representatives from all present parties to address regional security concerns and consider ways to enhance regional security, to possibly include confidence building measures, and regional security dialogue;

 

Decide that the Working Groups be convened no later than December 2014, and be co-chaired by the co-conveners of this present conference; and request the co-chairs to report on the Groups’ deliberations and conclusions as agreed in the Working Groups by consensus;

 

Request the Facilitator, to convene a conference in March 2017, together with the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, in close consultation with the states of the region, to discuss and review the reports of the Working Groups and to decide on further steps;

 

Request the UN Secretary-General to render the Working Groups all necessary assistance;

 

Take note of the background documentation regarding modalities for a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, prepared by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, and invite these organisations to provide consultative support to the Working Groups.

December 20, 2013

Helsinki