In the name of God the Compassionate, the merciful
By H.E. Dr. MUSTAFA OSMAN ISMAIL, Minister of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of the Sudan on the occasion of the accession of the
Sudan to a number of International Conventions.
The Republic of the Sudan has deposited, during the 58th Session of the
General Assembly of the United Nations, its instruments of accession to the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Convention on the Prohibition of
the Development, Production, Stockpiling and use of Anti-Personnel mines and
the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
So doing, the Republic of the Sudan has become a party to two important
international instruments within the regime of Conventions on restriction
and prevention of weapons of mass destruction and disarmament. They also
aim at observing humanitarian standards in the conduct of conflicts whether
internal or international.
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,
which the Sudan has acceded to, has hardened through time, into a
pre-emptory norm and a deeply rooted custom of international Human Rights
Law. It has, thus, influenced the development of the entire body of Human
Rights Conventions, from which the latter derived their rules. The
significance of the Genocide Convention is also evident in the application
and implementation of the International Criminal Law.
The Republic of the Sudan has also deposited, in the same period, its
instrument of accession to the Convention on the Prohibition of the
Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and
Toxin Weapons and their Destruction with the Government of the United
Kingdom, thereby complementing its efforts earnestly exerted to positively
contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security, and to
legitimate aspiration of mankind to live in a world free of weapons of mass
destruction. In this connection the Government of the Sudan solemnly
supports the call to declare the Middle East a zone free of such weapons.
We would like to particularly emphasize hereby that ratification of the
Convention on Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines comes in consonant with
the genuine effort diligently exerted to achieve peace and find a lasting
settlement of the internal fight in the Sudan. The international community,
in its different establishments of individual states, groups or
organizations, is bound in this regard to readily provide technical and
material assistance for the process of de-mining in the Sudan in fulfillment
of its declared undertakings.
Finally, we avail ourselves of this opportune occasion to call upon all
states members of the United Nations to drawn an international binding and
effective legal regime on the prohibition of production and possession of
nuclear weapons and on their destruction. There exists no interest, private
or common, that supersedes the endeavor to bring about a world threatened
not by total destruction and free of fear of extinction.
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