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Sabbagh: Syria cooperates with the IAEA with full transparency

On September 18, Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Vienna, Ambassador Bassam al-Sabbagh, said that Syria has cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with full transparency and exercised the utmost flexibility regarding the application of its safeguard agreement.

He pointed out that the Agency's annual reports on its implementation, which was issued last year, announced the Syria's commitment and full fulfillment under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons ( NPT).

In a speech to the 63rd session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ambassador Sabbagh said: “The General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as its highest decision-making body, provides an important platform for all Member States to discuss aspects of the IAEA's work and ways to overcome the challenges it faces and to prevent its diversion or use it as a tool to serve the narrow political agendas of some countries.”

The item discussed by the IAEA Board of Governors on the application of the Safeguards Agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic represents one of the negative aspects of the exploitation of some countries by the IAEA to serve their political agendas.

Al-Sabbagh added that in this regard the item discussed by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the application of the Safeguards Agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic is one of the negative aspects of the use of some countries in this agency to serve its political agendas, pointing out that the Israeli aggression on the sovereignty of Syrian territory in 2007, which calls for condemnation and condemnation was used as a platform to attack Syria, "which was the victim of aggression, with the aim of disforming its image.

Ambassador Sabbagh said: “The Israeli recognition of responsibility for the aggression on Syria after a decade of denial and lying, it is imperative for the Agency to immediately begin sending its inspection mission to Israel and unless the aggressor entity cooperates with the Agency, continuing to discuss this issue will remain in vain.”

Syria cooperated with the Agency with full transparency and practiced maximum flexibility

Ambassador Sabbagh added Syria has cooperated with the IAEA with full transparency and practiced maximum flexibility. The Agency's annual reports on the implementation of safeguards for 2018 witnessed Syria's full commitment to fulfill its obligations under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the latest obligation was in March, 2019.

Al-Sabbagh said that the resolution of the 53rd session of the General Conference entitled "Israeli nuclear capabilities" clearly expressed the international community's concern about the threat which is caused by nuclear proliferation to security and stability in the Middle East.

The survival of Israel with its nuclear capabilities outside the framework of the Treaty and the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement represents a grave threat to the non-proliferation system.

He said that that the survival of Israel with its nuclear capabilities outside the framework of the Treaty and the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement causes a serious threat to the non-proliferation system and causes a threat to security and stability in the Middle East region as well as to international peace and security.

Ambassador Sabbagh stressed that the refusal of Israel to join the NPT or any of the other international conventions related to the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction and possessing large nuclear capabilities does not qualify it to gloat about cases of non-compliance with the Treaty.

He expressed regret that while all NPT member states have expressed their readiness to take practical steps towards a nuclear-free zone and all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Israel has continued to defy the international community by insisting on staying out of the non-proliferation system. This is based on the unshakeable support of Israeli’s allies, including nuclear countries such as the United States of America, which is undertaking a policy of double standards to strengthen the non-proliferation system when it comes to Israel’s nuclear capabilities.

Syria confirms its readiness to work with all countries participating in the Conference to be held in New York next November to reach fruitful and effective results

Ambassador Sabbagh said that Syria supported the approval by the United Nations General Assembly’s 73rd Session’s decision titled “Holding a conference for the establishment of a free- nuclear zone and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East”.

He expressed Syria’s readiness to work with all the participant countries in the conference to be held in New York next November to reach fruitful and effective results. He paid tribute to the support provided by some sponsors of the 1995 resolution to hold this conference.

He added that the United States, which is one of the sponsors of the resolution, is insisting on not participating in this conference and hindering the implementation of the 1995 Middle East resolution in different ways.

Regarding the nuclear agreement signed with Iran

Regarding the nuclear agreement signed with Iran, Ambassador Sabbagh said that Syria welcomed Iran's adherence to implement its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was confirmed by all relevant IAEA reports.

 “What is condemnable is the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the plan and without any legitimate justification in a violation of Security Council resolution 2231 of 2015, which put this diplomatic achievement in serious threat,” Ambassador Sabbagh said.  

“It should be emphasized that the JCPOA includes rights and obligations and the success of its implementation depends not only on Iran, but should be matched by the fulfillment by other parties of their obligations under the plan, in particular the lifting of unfair sanctions against the Iranian people.”

He said that Syria supports the Agency's efforts in spreading nuclear technology to member countries in the service of its development plans and appreciates the role of its technical cooperation program.

“Syria has been able to implement a good part of the components of the national technical cooperation projects due to the support provided by the Technical Cooperation Department in this regard,” he added. 

He said that Syria appreciates the Agency’s arranging of training activities in Syria within the framework of the Agency's technical cooperation programs.

He expressed Syria’s full readiness to provide all necessary guarantees for the successful conduct of such training activities.

 

Reported by Obaida al-Mohammad

 

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