Non-proliferation in 1968. As the president of Syria, Bashar

Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons should be of utmost importance to
every nation. As history has shown, nuclear weapons pose a great threat to
international peace, stability, security and prosperity. The use of such
weapons can cause irreversible damage to the environment and more importantly,
it can cost the lives of civilians, but also harm future generations that are
bound to experience the devastating effects of radioactive fallout and toxic
pollution. A large scale nuclear war would eliminate the human race and most
complex forms of life on Earth.

The Syrian Arab Republic is a non-nuclear weapon state, one of the first
countries to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
in 1968. As the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad has stated Syria’s goal is
“a nuclear-free Middle East”.

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Syria has proposed a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ) in
the Middle East as a way to prevent the further proliferation of nuclear
weapons and create lasting peace in this war-torn area. Furthermore, the WMDFZ
would act as a counter-measure against countries that undermine peace in the
Middle East.

The situation in the Korean peninsula needs to be stabilized and the
international community is obligated to take steps towards a political solution
to the issue. A pivotal component of this process will be the rebuilding of
trust between all parties involved.  The
unjust sanctions the UN has imposed on the people of the DPRK do not contribute
to a peaceful and efficient resolution to this crisis. They target civilians
and their access to basic commodities and are a blatant violation of the human
rights and dignity of the North Korean people. Moreover, threats to annihilate
the country made by the United States of America’s president put peace and
stability at a grave risk. Provocation, pressure and a militarist and insulting
rhetoric against another nation are not only misguided and futile but also, utterly
contrary to the values of the United Nations, that promote dialogue and

The international community should prioritize the creation of a more
extensive and binding legal framework concerning the use of nuclear weapons.
The need for regional and international cooperation in the field of nuclear
weapons has become evident. Treaties adopted by the United Nations ought to
have the respect and undoubtful support of all the members of the international
community. The Syrian Arab Republic has stressed time and again the need to
compel the only non-signatory country of the NPT Treaty in the Middle East region,
Israel, to join the treaty and abandon its illegal nuclear weapons program.

Atomic energy can contribute to peace, health and prosperity throughout
the world but only if humans make good use of it. The Syrian Arab Republic is
wholeheartedly committed to this vision and urges all nations to work with
commitment in pursuit of this objective. but only if humans make good use of it.