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PIR Center will present its White Paper on a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East at the 2013 NPT PrepCom in Geneva


MOSCOW, APRIL 8, 2013, PIR PRESS – “The main reason why the Arab states had agreed to the indefinite extension of the NPT was that they wanted security from nuclear weapons. Now you are telling them that this is impossible, and the official nuclear powers, the members of the Middle East Quartet, are washing their hands. The Arab countries may well respond by saying, ‘In that case we are going to provide our own security, and we don't need the NPT for that,’” - Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Movement of Scientists.

Within the framework of its project “Russia and the Middle East: Promoting Strategic Interests,” the PIR Center will host a side event at the Second Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference in Geneva, where it will present its white paper “Ten Steps Towards a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East.”

After the conference on establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East, planned for December 2012, failed to take place, the importance of new and constructive approaches to the question grew exponentially. This is a particularly relevant in the context of the upcoming 2015 NPT Review Conference, where member states will evaluate implementation of the 2010 Action Plan, which includes convening a conference on the establishment of the WMDFZ. The PIR Center’s white paper is designed to propose a plan to overcome contradictions and establish a zone in the Middle East.

The presentation will take place on April 25, 2013 in the UN Library from 16:30 to 18:00 in the form of a panel discussion.

For more information on the presentation, please contact PIR Center Internet Project Director Andrey Baklitsky by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or email baklitsky at