Morocco's non-proliferation policy is based on principles that the Kingdom consistently respects

The Moroccan disarmament and non-proliferation policy is based on principles and values ​​that the Kingdom respects and promotes with constancy and continuity, affirmed, Thursday in Johannesburg, the Moroccan ambassador to South Africa, Mr. Youssef Amrani. Speaking at the headquarters of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) at the opening of the 5th session of the Conference of States Parties to the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba), Mr. Amrani, who is leading a Moroccan delegation also composed of Mr. Khammar Mrabit, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (AMSSNuR), and Mr. Youness Sassi, diplomat at the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria, indicated that the Morocco’s commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation is reflected in its adherence to most multilateral treaties and instruments, in particular the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which is the cornerstone of the non-proliferation regime. “We have an unwavering commitment to advocate for a more secure and coherent multilateral system that fully reflects the principles of the United Nations Charter and of international law,” he said, noting that the Kingdom no. he has never failed to support international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts and that it fully and transparently respects international commitments in the application of the instruments to which it has subscribed. Noting that Morocco reiterates the important contribution of nuclear-weapon-free zones to the general objectives of the non-proliferation treaty, the Ambassador maintains that international and regional peace and stability require relevance in the decisions taken. In this regard, he recalled that Morocco had signed the Pelindaba Treaty in April 1996 in Cairo and that it was among the first nations to sign the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty. “In this sense, Morocco co-chaired with France in September 2009 the ministerial conference on Article XIV to accelerate the ratification of the Treaty by encouraging African countries to ratify this instrument, in order to facilitate its entry into force”, he added. -he says. Mr. Amrani stressed that Morocco also participated in the conference on the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, as vice-president representing the African continent, noting that the Kingdom is committed to the unconditional right of the States parties to the NPT to develop the research, production and use of nuclear energy and technology for peaceful purposes. “We are convinced that this right must be exercised in full compliance with the requirements of non-proliferation, safety and security, under the supervision of the IAEA,” he said. The diplomat also recalled that Morocco had signed all international treaties on safety and security and that, in accordance with this objective, it concluded in 1975 a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency allowing the agency to verify the peaceful nature of nuclear materials and activities in the Kingdom. “As Africans, we must strengthen the platforms for sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences in the peaceful use of nuclear materials,” he advocated, noting that Morocco, through the Center National Energy and Nuclear Technologies, is a benchmark at the African level in terms of regional capacity building in the field of health, water resources management and environmental protection. He indicated that “Morocco, through the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security, has been chairing the Forum of Nuclear Regulators in Africa since 2015, promoting safety and security within the framework of African Member States of IAEA ”. In this context, the Ambassador believes that dialogue and diplomacy are the way forward to resolve international issues in a rules-based order. “We believe that South-South cooperation must improve and that the Pelindaba Treaty is an instrument that can help build a more united and prosperous African continent,” he said. (With MAP)