Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar and Turkish dignitaries speak at disarmament confernece

Dignitaries from Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey and Qatar spoke Monday at the United Nations' Conference on Disarmament.

Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrates from Lebanon, was critical that the conference was not open to many nations. He said disarmament is an important issue, giving an overview of what actions Lebanon has taken to eliminate cluster munitions in the country.

Qatar's Minister's Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs Mohamed Bin Abdurahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani expressed the country's wish to be a full member of the conference and called for a more democratic membership review. In his address, he also said the development of nuclear technology for peaceful uses should be encouraged and respected, especially for those nations wishing to enhance prosperity in their economies.

Naci Koru, Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the conference needs to take action and work to ban material for nuclear weapons. He said the conference had not fulfilled its mandate and it is time for action. According to the United Nations report, he said Turkey is in full support of nuclear technology for peaceful uses.

Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for Morocco Mbarka Bouaida said armament acquisition by terrorist organizations within North Africa and the Middle East are a serious threat to the international community. She said security in the region can only be obtained through arms control and disarmament. She also spoke of the threat of a nuclear weapon falling into the hands of a non-member state.