Syria accuses Israel of dumping nuclear waste

Syria accused Israel on Tuesday of using the Golan Heights as a dumping ground for nuclear waste - a charge the Jewish state's ambassador to the world's disarmament body flatly rejected. Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari told the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament that all Arab states were committed to creating a zone in the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. "However, Israel, which has unambiguous support from major nuclear weapon states, continues to reject the will of the international community and dumps its nuclear waste in the Syrian Golan Heights," said Ja'afari, the first speaker in Tuesday's session. Itzhak Levanon, the Israeli ambassador, retorted in Arabic that Ja'afari's speech was full of "repetitive, inaccurate information," but did not take up the question of nuclear waste dumping in the Golan Heights.