he United Nations nuclear assembly voted on Friday to urge Israel to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT and place all atomic sites under the world body’s inspections, in a surprise victory for Arab states.The resolution, passed narrowly for the first time in nearly two decades, expresses concern about “Israeli nuclear capabilities” and calls on the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, to work on the issue.
“The delegation of Israel deplores this resolution,” David Danieli, deputy director of Israel’s atomic energy commission, told the chamber after the vote.
“Israel will not cooperate in any matter with this resolution which is only aiming at reinforcing political hostilities and lines of division in the Middle East region.”
The measure was last voted on in 1991 when it passed by 39-31 with 13 abstentions when IAEA membership was much smaller.
Since then there have only been presidential summaries of debate on this item or motions for adjournment or no action that carried the floor.
Diplomats pointed to the increased number of abstentions – from countries ranging from India to Argentina and Nigeria as an important factor in the resolution’s adoption.