Statement by Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty, Governor of the
Republic of South Africa, Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, 13 September 2006
Agenda item 8: Nuclear verification
Implementation of NPT Safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran
delegation associates itself with the statement made on behalf of the Non-Aligned
Movement on this agenda item.
We thank the Director General for his report
on the "Implementation of NPT Safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran",
as contained in document GOV/2006/53, and commend the Director General and the
Department for Safeguards for their dedication and commitment to clarify the remaining
safeguards issues relevant to Iran's peaceful nuclear programme.
has noted the co-operation extended by the Iranian authorities to the Director
General and his staff, in particular in providing the Agency with access to nuclear
material and facilities and in providing the required reports.
Africa, however, notes from the Director General's report that there remains very
little progress in solving the outstanding safeguards issues. My delegation is
particularly disappointed to note that no further progress has been made by the
Agency in its efforts to verify the correctness and completeness of Iran's declarations,
which would enable it to confirm the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme.
the involvement of other organs of the United Nations in the issue of Iran's nuclear
programme, the IAEA remains the sole competent authority responsible for verifying
and assuring, in accordance with its Statute, Iran's compliance with its safeguards
agreement. If we are to preserve the integrity, authority and credibility of the
Agency to confirm the peaceful nature of our respective nuclear programmes, there
rests a responsibility on all of us to fully co-operate with the Agency in a pro-active
and prompt manner.
At our previous Board meeting in June
2006, South Africa expressed the hope that Iran will carefully consider, and in
due time respond to the proposal made by the European Union on behalf of the Permanent
Members of the Security Council and Germany.
We welcome the response by
Iran on 22 August 2006 and its decision to engage in "serious" talks
with these nations on their proposal. We are encouraged by the preliminary discussions
that have been taking place during the last few days. For the first time since
August 2005, there seems to be a real possibility of resuming negotiations with
the view to resolving differences. My delegation has always supported the efforts
towards finding a sustainable, long-term agreement that takes full account of
the rights, obligations, concerns, needs and legitimate aspirations of all the
South Africa strongly believes that we cannot afford a
further major crisis in a region of high tension, conflict and instability and
a general lack of security, as well as massive suffering on the part of ordinary
We believe that if all parties concerned continue to de-escalate
the process, exercise maximum restraint and show the necessary flexibility, any
differences can be resolved without the need to resort to confrontation and coercive
measures. It is our hope that we will all act in a manner that would build the
necessary trust and confidence to normalize this complex matter.
will have to remain seized of this matter and honourably discharge the Agency's
Thank you, Chairperson.
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