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Palestine seeks full IAEA membership

VIENNA, Sept 28 (KUNA) -- Palestine's ambassador to Austria and its permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Salah Abdel Shafi, on Wednesday said it is the time for the State of Palestine to achieve full membership of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
In a statement, Abdel Shafi said the front of the IAEA during their 66th session in Vienna, Palestine has been active in the IAEA since 1976, hoping it is the time for full membership in the agency. Abdel Shafi points out that Palestine has refrained from submitting an application for full membership in the agency in response to requests from friendly countries. Furthermore, it is considered to deprive the entire membership and serves the agenda of Israel. Abdel Shafi explained the danger of Israel's nuclear on the regime since they are refusing until today to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Abdel Shafi mansion, some official and unofficial international reports warned of the danger of the side effect of Israel that burying their nuclear waste in the area will affect Israel's countries. Plus, even the unknown activities, especially the Dimona reactor, are not subject to international control. Abdel Shafi comments that he feels sorry that the Director General of IAEA can not profit from implementing the conference resolution on applying the guarantee system in the Middle East.
Abdel Shafi glorified Kuwait's presidency in the second session of the conference on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, which was held in New York from November 29 to December 3 last year, expressing at the same time its full support for Lebanon in its upcoming third session. (end) amk.ara