Egypt proposes Mid-East free of destructive weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Egypt proposed on Saturday for the Middle East, including Israel, to rid itself of all weapons of mass destruction after the UN Security Council ordered Syria to destroy its chemical arsenal.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy called on the five permanent members of the Security Council to show support for the idea of a Middle East free of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
Mr Fahmy, part of Egypt's army-installed government, proposed that all nations in the Middle East would then commit by the end of the year to ratify agreements against weapons of mass destruction.
If all countries move forward, Mr Fahmy said that Egypt would ratify the UN conventions banning chemical and biological weapons.