In November 2012, La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue and the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) convened a regional dialogue in Athens on the proposal to establish a Middle East zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction as well as their means of delivery (WMDFZ). Those invited to participate were drawn largely from Arab countries, Iran, Israel and Turkey. Invitations were also issued to a few others noted for their expertise or involvement in or support for the proposed UN Helsinki Conference. It was envisaged that arising from the ‘Athens Dialogue’ a Report would be prepared setting out findings and recommendations. This would be done in time for the proposed Helsinki Conference which was scheduled for December 2012. In the light of subsequent US and other announcements indicating that the Helsinki Conference would be postponed, the sponsoring organisations have included in this Report a number of observations on recent developments and reflections on prospects for future dialogue and negotiations. The Athens Dialogue produced a number of proposals which could be taken to further the goal of security in the Middle East and assist the negotiation of a WMDFZ.
Joseph A. Camilleri, Michael Hamel-Green, Marianne Hanson, Michalis S. Michael and N.A.J. Taylor, Athens Dialogue on a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction as well as their Means of Delivery (Athens: European Public Law Organization, 2013). [Translated into: Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew.] [PDF]