Egypt Urges NPT Conference to Take Tough Line with Israel

(Ha'aretz) Shlomo Shamir - Egypt is demanding that a conference of members of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty issue a summary statement urging treaty members to take operative steps to compel Israel to permit international supervision of its nuclear program. However, it vehemently opposes any mention of Iran's nuclear program. Egypt is insisting that the document focus solely on Israel's nuclear program in order to isolate Israel diplomatically and bar it from scientific ties with other countries in the field of nuclear research. Sources said a sizable number of conference delegates feel that Egypt has gone too far this year. Egypt has tried to block any practical, substantive discussion at the conference. Analysts said the U.S. "wouldn't shed a tear" if the conference adjourned without a summary statement

2005-05-27 00:00:00

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