View Full Version : Asked whether Iraq's call to get out from under Chapter 7 will come up this month

02-02-2010, 08:00 PM
UNSC President does not exclude Iran sanctions text this month Politics 2/2/2010 10:31:00 PM UNITED NATIONS, Feb 2 (KUNA) -- The President of the Security Council Gerard Araud of France on Tuesday said "it is not excluded" that a council member presents a draft resolution this month to tighten sanctions on Iran for its defiance of UN demands to halt uranium enrichment activities.
"The Iranians are not abiding by five Security Council resolutions - 1696, 1737, 1747, 1803 and 1835 - and since the negotiations by the six (P5 + 1) with Iran have led so far to nowhere, it is not excluded that at some moment, (during the month of February,), a member of the council could present a draft resolution (on further sanction," Araud told a press conference on the council's programme of work during the month of February.
"At this stage no member has signaled its intention to do it, but of course it can do it at any moment during the month of February," he added.
On the question of Iraq, he said the council will listen to a routine briefing by the UN Special envoy for Iraq Ad Melkert on February 16.
Asked whether Iraq's call to get out from under Chapter 7 will come up this month, Araud ruled it out saying that is a "sensitive and complex." KUNA learned that the US, in response to an Iraqi request last week, is expected to circulate a draft resolution later this month calling for the lifting of restrictions on technological and scientific research in Iraq because it had fulfilled its disarmament obligations.
The Iraqi request was contained in a letter to the council President last Thursday by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
Zebari said "as you are aware, outstanding issues related to disarmament obligations are among the constraints that continue to prevent Iraq from regaining its status as a responsible and active member of the international community and, at the same time, deprive it of the benefits of technological progress and scientific research.
"Now that Iraq has fulfilled its obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions, the international community should lift those restrictions." "We hope that the Security Council will give immediate consideration to the removal of all the restrictions that were imposed pursuant to its resolutions on Iraq pertaining to disarmament, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, including resolutions 687 of 1991 and 707 of 1991," he added.
On whether the council will act on the Goldstone report soon, Araud said first, the Secretary-General has to report to the General Assembly next Friday on the responses he received from Israel and the Palestinian side regarding the war on Gaza last year.
"On the basis of that report, the General Assembly will decide to act or not to act," adding that it is up to a council member to ask for action. "Up to now, I don't know of any council action on Goldstone report. May be after the Secretary-General's report is sent to the assembly, one council member will ask for the issue to be brought to the council." In its resolution adopted last November, the assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it within three months on the implementation of that resolution, mainly conducting credible investigations, "with a view to considering further action, if necessary, by the relevant UN organs, including the Security Council." (end).
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