Nuclear weapons conference could bring Iran and Israel together

Diplomatic Editor of The Guardian, Julian Borger, wrote the following article on the planned 2012 Conference on a WMD-free zone in the Middle East and what it could bring to the region. Mr. Borger quotes Paul Ingram, who said: "When you start a process like this, with clear objectives, it is amazing how it evolves. The process itself builds confidence and improves the atmosphere. Also, ordinary Israelis now recognise that a zone free of nuclear weapons is preferable to a region with two or more weapons states."

New approach sought to reduce regional tensions

Reporter Peter Townson for the Gulf Times covered the BASIC conference on "Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf."  The story includes highlights from the keynote speech by Hans Blix and quotes BASIC Executive Director, Paul Ingram, who said of the event, “We want to hear the views of the analysts and officials from the region to hear a different perspective than the drumbeat of war.”

Nuclear non-proliferation in the Gulf, March 2012

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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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