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NAM Coordinating Bureau's statement on Iran's nuclear issue

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kuala Lumpur, May 30 IRNA -- The ministerial meeting of the coordinating bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) issued a statement Tuesday in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Iran's nuclear issue. The full text of the statement is as follows:

"1. The ministers reiterated their principled positions on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation reflected in the final document of the ministerial meeting of the coordinating bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement, held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from May 27 to 30, 2006. They considered the developments regarding the implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"2. The ministers reaffirmed the basic and inalienable right of all states, to develop research, production and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, without any discrimination and in conformity with their respective legal obligations. Therefore, nothing should be interpreted in a way as inhibiting or restricting this right of states to develop atomic energy for peaceful purposes. They furthermore reaffirmed that states' choices and decisions in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear technology and its fuel cycle policies must be respected.

"3. The ministers recognized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the sole, competent authority for verification of the respective safeguards obligations of member states and stressed that there should be no undue pressure or interference in the agency's activities, specially its verification process, which would jeopardize the efficiency and credibility of the agency.

"4. The ministers welcomed the cooperation extended by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the IAEA including those voluntary confidence-building measures undertaken, with a view to resolve the remaining issues. They noted the assessment of the IAEA director- general that all nuclear material declared by Iran had been accounted for. They noted, at the same time, that the process for drawing a conclusion with regard to the absence of undeclared material and activities in Iran is an ongoing and time-consuming process. In this regard, the ministers encouraged Iran to urgently continue to cooperate actively and fully with the IAEA within the agency's mandate to resolve outstanding issues in order to promote confidence and a peaceful resolution of the issue.

"5. The ministers emphasized the fundamental distinction between the legal obligations of states to their respective safeguards agreements and any confidence-building measures voluntarily undertaken to resolve difficult issues, and believed that such voluntary undertakings are not legal safeguards obligations.

"6. The ministers considered the establishment of nuclear- weapons-free zones (NWFZs) as a positive step towards attaining the objective of global nuclear disarmament and reiterated the support for the establishment in the Middle East of a nuclear weapons free zone in accordance with relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions. Pending the establishment of such a zone, they demanded Israel to accede to the NPT without delay and place promptly all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.

"7. The ministers reaffirmed the inviolability of peaceful nuclear activities and that any attack or threat of attack against peaceful nuclear facilities, operational or under construction, poses a great danger to human beings and the environment, and constitutes a grave violation of international law, principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and regulations of the IAEA. They recognized the need for a comprehensive multilaterally negotiated instrument, prohibiting attacks, or threat of attacks on nuclear facilities devoted to peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

"8. The ministers strongly believed that all issues on safeguards and verification, including those of Iran, should be resolved within the IAEA framework, and be based on technical and legal grounds. They further emphasized that the agency should continue its work to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue within its mandate under the statute of the IAEA.

"9. The ministers also strongly believed that diplomacy and dialogue through peaceful means must continue to find a long term solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. They expressed their conviction that the only way to resolve the issue is to resume negotiations without any preconditions and to enhance cooperation with the involvement of all necessary parties to promote international confidence with the view to facilitating agency's work on resolving the outstanding issues."
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