By Ria Novosti
The world community should waste no time in going ahead with the creation of a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
A resolution adopted at the NPT (Nonproliferation Treaty) Review Conference in 1995 calls for the creation of a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
The idea was supported at the NPT Review Conference in May 2010 in New York by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, the United States, Britain, France, and China.
“We believe that it is high time this resolution was carried out. We will not be able to see just how feasible this task is until we start working,” Lavrov said, adding there could be “no more dragging of feet.”
“There is a pressing need to sit down at the negotiating table and start talking,” he added.