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In the name of God the Compassionate, the merciful

Statement 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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