EGYPT and Turkey are pressing ahead with plans to join the nuclear club, amid fears that Iran’s atomic programme could trigger a nuclear race across the Middle East. After the failure of the United Nations to curb Iran’s nuclear development, including the enrichment of uranium, experts fear that other powers in the region may feel forced to build their own deterrent.
Times 25th Sept 2006
Egypt is to revive the civilian nuclear power programme it froze 20 years ago following the accident at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. Egypt’s energy minister told the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper of plans to build a nuclear power station. The plant will be constructed at El-Dabaa, on the Mediterranean coast, within the next 10 years.
BBC 25th Sept 2006
The conference arrangements committee ruled that motions on the leadership of the party – the principal topic of conversation among those attending the conference – and on the replacement of Trident were both out of order. Delegates complained that they were being “gagged” and that it would be the party’s only opportunity for a full public discussion before a decision is made on the £25bn weapons system by the end of the year.
Independent 25th Sept 2006
FT 25th Sept 2006
Cabinet ministers yesterday urged the Labour leadership to open up the debate on renewing Britain’s nuclear deterrent as delegates protested that they were being denied a vote on the issue.
Guardian 25th Sept 2006
Pleas for party unity from Labour’s high command were shattered yesterday as Peter Hain, Hilary Benn and Harriet Harman demanded a full debate on plans to replace Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent.
Telegraph 25th Sept 2006
Mirror 25th Sept 2006