Arab League asks for EU help for inspection of Israeli nuke weapons

Israel has not denied having nuclear weapons, but has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.

Arab League asks for EU help for inspection of Israeli nuke weapons

The Arab League has called on European states to support its efforts to force Tel Aviv to open up its secretive nuclear programme to international inspections.

In a letter addressed to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Amre Moussa, secretary general of the 22-nation League of Arab States, urges Sweden to back an Arab resolution entitled Israel's Nuclear Capabilities. The document is to be submitted for a vote at next month's 150-nation general assembly of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Sweden currently holds the EU's rotating presidency.

Israel has not denied having nuclear weapons, but has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.

A draft of the resolution express concern about "" and ask the IAEA to help implement the nonproliferation treaty regime on Israeli nuclear capabilities.

The draft prepared for next month's conference was attached to the letter to Bildt.

It says welcomes recent initiatives calling for a nuclear weapons-free world - an reference to President Barack Obama's April call to abolish nuclear weapons.

"We are hopeful that your country would support the Arab draft resolution," says the June 29 letter to Bildt.

"Unfortunately," Sweden was among the EU nations voting to block action on the document last year, Moussa wrote.

In Stockholm, Swedish foreign ministry spokesman Anders Jorle said Thursday the Swedish EU presidency was preparing an answer on behalf of the European Union but no final stance had yet been decided.

The weeklong conference opens Sept. 14.


Agencies

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