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Nuclear Non-proliferation in the Gulf Roundtable Report

This is a themed report arising out of a BASIC roundtable event in Istanbul on March 25th and 26th, a few weeks before the 2013 Preparatory Committee in Geneva. Involving participants from all over the region, including GCC states, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, as well as the United States, UK and Germany, this meeting discussed the health of the non-proliferation regime as it affected the Gulf region and placed today’s debates in a longer-term context.

With much at stake, GCC wants to participate in Iran negotiations

The Middle East has been left out of the P5+1's negotiations with Iran, and the GCC states want in. At a conference on nuclear non-proliferation in the Gulf, participants raised concerns of double standards for Iran and Israel. Gulf states view military action against Iran as a last resort, but also see the Iranian threat as a global one. Anne Penketh reports.

Blix warns in Qatar of "grave danger" from nuclear proliferation

Doha, Qatar - Hans Blix, the former chief UN weapons inspector for Iraq, has warned in Doha of the “grave danger” that Iran’s nuclear programme may lead other states in the region to follow the same course.

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BASIC in Doha - Conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf

Hans Blix
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (All day) to Thursday, March 22, 2012 (All day)

From March 21-22, 2012: BASIC organized a two-day conference at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, in association with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Almost 50 distinguished U.S. and European experts, as well as analysts, diplomats and officials from the region, attended the event, which is aimed at raising the profile of the Gulf states in non-proliferation efforts. The conference covered a broad range of issues, including: ways to reinforce the NPT and the 2010 Action Plan; Iranian nuclear program and a WMD-free zone in the Middle East; and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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  • Iran misses supposed imposed deadline to respond to P5+1 updated incentives package
  • Solana receives letter from Tehran, P5+1 reported to have deemed it an "unacceptable" response
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