Israel denies it agreed to discuss a nuclear-free Middle East

11.08.2011                      11.Aw-Elul, 5771

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Israel denies it agreed to discuss a nuclear-free Middle East

Israeli sources deny reports by the Associated Press reported Israel and Arab countries agreed to hold a conference hosted by the International Atomic Agency.

Israel said Wednesday there has been no change in its position regarding a nuclear-free Middle East, and that it has not received an invitation to a conference on the matter, sources at the Israeli Nuclear Agency told Haaretz. Their statement comes after the Associated Press repored Israel and Arab countries agreed in principle to attend a conference hosted by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Israel has said for more than a decade that it is ready in principle to hold an unbinding discussion, but not negotiations on "learning from others about the experience of establishing of a nuclear-free zone." Yet the stance of Arab countries has been that such discussions must be a binding forum, where decisions are made under the supervision of the IAEA….