2005 News Story

Council of Arab Ministers issues statement on environmental issues

Also today, the Council of Arab Ministers in Charge of Environment Affairs – headed by Prince Turki – issued a statement calling on Arab countries to draw up emergency plans to deal with a leak at Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona, as well as to share information. The statement urged the international community to require Israel to allow IAEA inspections at its nuclear sites and reveal the location of hidden nuclear waste. The statement also requested that the UN Environment Programme present assessments of pollution in Iraq, the environmental state of the Red Sea and Aden Gulf, as well as Arab countries affected by the tsunami, including Yemen and Somalia.

In addition, the ministers praised the Saudi proposal to establish an Arab federation for natural protectorates, and asked Saudi authorities to prepare statutes for the proposed organization.