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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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5.12.2012
PE502.544v01-00
 
B7-0538/2012

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on the Recommendations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference regarding the establishment of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction (2012/2890(RSP))


Charles Tannock, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Ryszard Czarnecki on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the Recommendations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference regarding the establishment of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction (2012/2890(RSP))  
B7‑0538/2012

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Council Decision 2012/422/CFSP of 23 July 2012 in support of a process leading to the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East(1),

–   having regard to the statement of VP/HR Catherine Ashton on the postponement of the Helsinki Conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on Iran,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on Israel,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on Syria,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas during the 2010 NPT Review Conference the states agreed to convene a conference in 2012 ‘on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction, on the basis of arrangements freely arrived at by the states of the region, and with the full support and engagement of the nuclear‑weapon states’;

B.  whereas it was agreed that the conference would be hosted by Finland, and whereas Finnish Under-Secretary of State Jaakko Laajava was named as the facilitator;

C. whereas in November 2012 the United States announced that the conference could not be convened in 2012 because of present conditions in the Middle East and the fact that the states in the region had not reached agreement on acceptable conditions for a conference; whereas the US has put forward specific parameters necessary for the conference, including: the participation of all countries of the Middle East and other relevant countries; an exchange of views on a broad agenda, to include regional security issues; a mandate drawn up by all the countries in the region; and a requirement that the conference operate by consensus;

D. whereas the political situation in the region is still very unstable, with turmoil and dramatic political changes taking place in the Middle East, including an escalation of the conflict in Syria, the standoff with Iran and growing tension between Israel and Palestine and neighbouring countries;

E.  whereas Iran is a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), yet continues to defy its international obligations, including those imposed by all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the most recent of which is Resolution 1929 (2010), and all the requirements of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which specify full and unconditional access by the Agency to all sites, equipment, people and documents that would allow the proper inspection of Iran’s nuclear programme and enable the IAEA to fulfil its role as nuclear watchdog;

F.  whereas Syria is also suspected of the clandestine pursuit of nuclear weapons, has not signed the Chemical Weapons Convention and possesses large stockpiles of chemical weapons;

G. whereas Israel, despite not being a party to the NPT, has expressed its readiness to take part in the conference;

1.  Emphasises that any serious negotiations on the creation of a regional WMD-free zone would only be possible after the peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and that a comprehensive and durable peace in the region and full compliance by all regional states with their arms control and non-proliferation obligations are essential preconditions for the establishment of such a zone;

2.  Believes strongly that, in order to reach an agreement, specific regional conditions such as peaceful relations and reconciliation among all states in the region should be met;

3.  Expresses its hope that the NPT conference will take place in 2013 and welcomes the commitment of conference facilitator Jaakko Laajava to conduct further multilateral consultations with the countries of the region in order to reach an agreement on arrangements for a conference in 2013; believes that such a conference may have a beneficial effect on the region;

4.  Underlines, however, that the creation of a WMD-free zone should be a gradual process that must begin within the region by addressing tensions, threats, and conflicts in the Middle East and cannot be imposed on the countries of the Middle East from outside;

5.  Welcomes Israel’s readiness to take part in the conference;

6.  Reiterates its appeal to Iran to stop developing enrichment technology which goes far beyond the need to ensure secure fuel supplies for civil purposes, with disregard for international concerns over clandestine military intentions;

7.  Renews its appeal to the Iranian authorities to fulfil Iran’s obligations under the NPT; calls on the Iranian parliament and Government to ratify and implement the Additional Protocol and fully to implement the provisions of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement;

8.  Reminds President al-Assad of his government’s obligations under the Geneva Protocol on the non-use of chemical weapons and calls on the Syrian authorities rigorously to abide by their international obligations;

9.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the EU Member States, the President and Congress of the United States, the Government and parliament of the Russian Federation, the Director-General of the IAEA, the Secretary-General of the UN, the President, Prime Minister and parliament of Israel and the Office of the Supreme Leader and the Government and parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and the Government and parliament of the Syrian Arab Republic.

(1)

OJ L 196, 24.7.2012, p. 67.

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