Qatar Urges More Efforts to Stop Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

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New York/Information Office / 25 October / 2014 The State of Qatar called for intensified efforts to remove the threat posed by proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), stressing that sustainable peace and stability in the world cannot be achieved in light of the continuing pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. The State of Qatar expressed concern over the risk that terrorist groups could obtain these destructive weapons, warning of the grave threats imposed on peace and security in the region. This came in Qatar's speech delivered by HE Sheikha Maryam Abdul Rahman Al -Thani, a member of Qatar's delegation to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, before the first committee on item "Other Weapons of Mass Destruction." The State of Qatar urged the international community and countries in the region to take action in order to prevent such terrorist extremist organizations from obtaining such weapons, in implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004), affirming that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery constitutes a threat to international peace and security. The resolution obliges States, inter alia, to refrain from supporting by any means non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their delivery systems. As part of its commitment to implement its international obligations to build a world free of weapons of mass destruction, the State of Qatar has joined the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. The State of Qatar expressed the hope that all nations will join all relevant United Nations conventions and resolutions, referring to the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction during the World War II. The statement called to refrain from producing weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological weapons and other toxic weapons. The State of Qatar reaffirmed its principled position on the importance of international cooperation to confront this danger, pointing out that the challenges facing our world urges us to contribute in achieving human dignity. There is no doubt that the unification of efforts to push forward the development process and achieve economic and humanitarian prosperity for peoples should be a priority at all levels.