Arab move to censure Israel stymied at UN meeting

A 151-nation meeting of the UN nuclear agency has narrowly voted against an Arab push to censure Israel for not opening up its nuclear activities to inspection.

Updated: Sep 24, 2010, 21:05 PM IST

Vienna: A 151-nation meeting of the UN
nuclear agency has narrowly voted against an Arab push to
censure Israel for not opening up its nuclear activities to
inspection.

Of nations present, 51 voted against a resolution called
"Israeli Nuclear Capabilities."

Fifty-one voted for, and 23 abstained. The rest were
absent.

The vote was closely watched after last year`s meeting of
the International Atomic Energy Agency passed the same
resolution by a small margin.

The US and other allies of Israel had argued passage
would threaten ongoing Mideast peace talks and the chances of
a planned 2012 conference on a Mideast nuclear-free zone.

Islamic nations and their supporters said the resolution was
meant to move chances of creating such a zone forward.

PTI

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