Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Bahrain stated:
We believe that the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones consolidates both regional and global security. To that end, the States of a given region must reach mutually agreed arrangements in which they recognize the general principles of international law and the norms of international behaviour. Such recognition would make a valuable contribution to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, but would not be a substitute for full accession to the NPT [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty], which remains the cornerstone of the international nuclear non-proliferation system.