Israel signed the convention as a mark of the high importance it places on international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Israel has, today (Thursday), 28 December 2006, signed the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (NCT).The convention was signed by the Israeli representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Dan Gillerman, as part of Israel’s ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and as a mark of the high importance it places on international cooperation in the fight against terrorism in all its aspects.

The signature follows the adoption of the NCT by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 April 2005. This convention addresses the unlawful possession of nuclear devices or materials by non-state actors. It calls for states to develop appropriate legal frameworks to criminalize nuclear terrorism-related offenses, investigate alleged offenses, and, as appropriate, arrest, prosecute or extradite offenders. It also calls for international cooperation with nuclear terrorism investigations and prosecutions, through information-sharing, extradition and the transfer of detainees to assist with foreign investigations and prosecutions.