Egypt quits NPT talks to protest Mideast nuclear weapons

2013-04-29 22:12:37 GMT2013-04-30 06:12:37(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Egypt on Monday withdrew from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) talks in Geneva in protest against the failure to implement a resolution for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

Egypt has pulled out of the talks "to send a strong message of non-acceptance of the continued lack of seriousness in dealing with the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East," official MENA news agency quoted Hisham Badr, head of the Egyptian delegation to Geneva, as saying.

"Egypt couldn't continue waiting forever for the implementation of the resolution," Badr said.

Cairo called on the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and other international bodies to bear the responsibility for implementing legitimate international resolutions.

"Egypt along with many Arab countries has joined the treaty with the understanding that it would lead to a Middle East completely free of nuclear weapons," Badr said.

"However, more than 30 years later, one country in the Middle East, namely Israel, remains outside the NPT," he said.

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