Vienna: Arab states are lobbying the European Union for support in their drive to force Israel to open up its secretive nuclear program to international perusal, reports said.
In a letter addressed to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Amre Moussa, secretary general of the 22-nation League of Arab States, urges Sweden to back an Arab resolution entitled ‘Israel`s Nuclear Capabilities’. The document is to be submitted for a vote at next month`s 150-nation general assembly of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Sweden currently holds the EU`s rotating presidency. Diplomats from EU member countries and from other nations accredited to the IAEA said that the same letter was sent to the foreign ministers of the other 26 EU member countries. They demanded anonymity for commenting on a confidential issue.
While Israel has never confirmed its status, it is commonly considered to have nuclear weapons, and Arab states regularly push at the annual IAEA conference for it to join the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.
General conference resolutions sponsored by the Arab League express concern about "Israeli nuclear capabilities" and ask the IAEA to help implement the non-proliferation treaty regime on Israel.