Starting with a brief history of this WMDFZ proposal, we thus survey the legal and political obstacles that have so far blocked the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East.
The Proposal for a WMDFZ in the Middle East and Its History
There might be no better formula for progress towards a WMDFZ
in the Middle East than a return to the ACRS concept, whereby two parallel tracks move toward a comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace along the lines of the Arab Peace Initiative, and to the establishment of a WMDFZ
in the region.
Another Arab analyst said that he doubted there could be the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East under current political conditions.
Will there be a Gulf WMDFZ similar to the Middle East WMDFZ stipulated in the article of U.
Fourth, the regionalization process in the Arab world could facilitate the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East, as it could serve as a model that could then be extended to include the technologies built by Iran, whose level of development in that sector is much more advanced than in the Arab world.
The Solution to the Iranian Issue and a WMDFZ in the Middle East
Then, all the countries in the region could move on to ratify the WMDFZ
treaty with additional protocol for close supervision of existing nuclear arsenals and suspicious facilities.
For this to be the case, it seems particularly important to hold negotiations with Iran's neighbors on the contours of a WMDFZ in the Middle East shortly after the end of the next round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1.
54) Initiatives to garner the support of religious leaders from the Islamic world and the UN engagement to globalize this fatwa would be a great contribution to a WMDFZ in the Middle East and beyond.
In 1995, when the NPT faced expiration, the promise of progress on a Middle East WMDFZ was a principal factor in achieving agreement to indefinitely extend the Treaty.
The new agreement in 2010 to convene a conference on a WMDFZ in the Middle East is especially significant for members of WILPF.