Jerusalem, 19 June 1996

ISRAEL JOINS UN DISARMAMENT COMMITTEE

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

On Monday, 17.06.96, Israel was accepted as a full member of the Conference on Disarmament, along with 22 other nations. Israel became an official Observer at the Conference in 1992, and its current change in status is a reflection of the fundamental change in Israel’s international standing since the Madrid Conference.

The Conference, located in Geneva, is the United Nations permanent committee on matters concerning disarmament, and is the only international body dealing with conducting negotiations on these issues. Its greatest achievement, to date, has been to complete the drafting of the convention forbidding the use of chemical weapons (CWC). It is currently completing negotiations on a draft treaty on a complete nuclear test ban (CTBT).