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Effective and Verifiable Measures Which Would Facilitate the Establishment of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East

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The establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone is not a new idea. Two such zones exist in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the South Pacific. This publication discusses a number of steps and measures that could ease the process leading to the establishment of such a zone in the Middle East - an area that can still be termed politically unsettled and militarily volatile. Most of the measures proposed could have a positive effect on the prospects of the region.

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Foreword by the Secretary-General

The establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones is not a new idea. Two such zones have been in existence for some time now in Latin America and the Caribbean and the South Pacific. A third one covers the vast unpopulated areas of the Antarctic, which has enjoyed demilitarized status since the 1960s. From the experience gained so far and particularly from the ongoing discussions on various other proposals, it is quite obvious that each zone, actual or potential, has its own characteristics, which, despite the basic common denominators they enjoy, make each one a unique undertaking.

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