Announcing its decision to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, Libya issued the following statement:
In view of the international environment that prevailed
during the Cold War and the tension in the Middle East, the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah (GSPLAJ) has urged the countries in the region to make the Middle East and Africa a region free of the weapons of mass destruction.
As its calls have received no serious response,
the GSPLAJ had sought to develop its defence capabilities.
Colonel Gaddafi wants other countries to follow suit
Libyan experts have conducted talks with experts from the US and the UK on GSPLAJ activities in this field.
The Libyan experts showed their (US and UK) counterparts the
substances, equipment and programmes that could lead to
production of internationally banned weapons.
These are centrifuging machine and equipment to carry chemical substances.
According to the talks held between the GSPLAJ, the USA and the UK, which are two permanent members of the (UN) Security Council that is responsible for the preservation of international peace and security, Libya has decided,
with its own free will, to get rid of these substances,
equipment and programmes and to be free from all
internationally banned weapons.
Libya has also decided to restrict itself to missiles with a
range that comply with the standards of the MTCR
It will take all these measures in a
transparent way that could be proved, including accepting
immediate international inspection.
In addition to that, we confirm that (Libya) will abide by the
Non-Proliferation Treaty, the IAEA Safeguards Agreement and
the Biological Weapons Convention as well as accepting the
Additional Protocol of the IAEA Safeguards Agreement and the
Biological and Chemical Weapons Treaty.
GSPLAJ believes that the arms race will neither serve its
security nor the region's security and contradicts its
(Libya's) great concern for a world that enjoys peace and
By taking this initiative, it wants all countries
to follow its steps, starting with the Middle East, without
any exception or double standards.