5 November 2012
Explanation of Vote of the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
On Draft Resolution:
“Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction”
At the 67th Session of the First Committee
New York, 5 November 2012
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Mr. Chairman, I would like to explain the position of my delegation regarding draft resolution on the “Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction” contained in document A/C.1/67/L.44. The Islamic Republic of Iran as the main victim of the use of chemical weapons in the contemporary history, attaches great importance to the full implementation of the Convention, and would like to put on record that total destruction of all chemical weapons stockpiles continues to remain the key objective of the CWC. For these reasons my delegation joined the consensus in adopting this draft resolution. While the continued existence of chemical weapons threatens international peace and security and undermines the integrity and credibility of the Convention, in our view, non-compliance of the major possessor States Parties with the final extended deadline of 29 April 2012 is a source of great concern. They shall embark on sustained and accelerated efforts, within the framework of the CWC and its verification regimes, for full compliance with their obligations under the Convention. Otherwise the raison d’être of the Convention will be seriously challenged and its credibility will be significantly tarnished. Although my delegation joined the consensus on the adoption of this draft resolution, however, we express our strong dissatisfaction over the fact that this resolution lacks an accurate reflection of non-compliance of the major possessor States Parties with the final extended deadline. While this non-compliance has been acknowledged by the decision-making bodies of the OPCW and its Director-General and has been reflected in their reports and outcome documents, there is no reason not to reflect it in the resolution of the UN General Assembly.
I thank you Mr. Chairman.