43rd Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session - Part 2

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29-Oct-1996 01:26:24
General Assembly stresses need for full Iraqi cooperation with IAEA, as it adopts text on work of agency by 141-2-8 Vote at the 43rd plenary meeting of the 51st session.

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The General Assembly this morning stressed the need for Iraq to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to resolve the remaining inconsistency concerning the full, final and complete declaration about its nuclear weapons capability in order to achieve implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions.

The Assembly took that action by adopting a resolution on the work of the IAEA by a recorded vote of 141 in favour to 2 against (Iraq and Lebanon), with 8 abstentions (Cuba, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Chile, Federated States of Micronesia, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Sudan and Syria). (See Annex III for voting details.) While noting that Iraq had adopted a more constructive approach over the past year, the Assembly expressed concern regarding Iraq's failure to provide immediate access to an IAEA team in July and that it had previously withheld information about its nuclear weapons programme in violation of its obligations under relevant Council resolutions.

By other terms of the draft, the Assembly welcomed the measures taken by the Agency to maintain and strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of its safeguards system. It urged all States to cooperate with the Agency in promoting measures to enhance the safety of nuclear installations; to strengthen technical assistance to developing countries; and to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the safeguards system. In particular, the Assembly urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to cooperate fully with the Agency in the implementation of the safeguards agreement.

After the recorded vote, the representative of Vanuatu informed the Assembly that his delegation had intended to vote in favour of the text. The representative of Lebanon said that he had intended to abstain from that vote.

Before the vote, two amendments, sponsored by Egypt and Israel, respectively, were withdrawn when the representative of Canada introduced a revised draft text, which he said incorporated aspects of those two amendments.

The adoption of the resolution followed the defeat of another amendment sponsored by Iraq by which the Assembly would have replaced operative paragraph seven of the revised draft relating to Iraq's efforts to implement relevant Council resolutions. The Assembly decided by a vote of 11 in favour to 71 against, with 41 abstentions, not to adopt the Iraqi amendment.

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