1 November 2013

Explanation of Vote of the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran

On Draft Resolution:

Report of the Conference on Disarmament

At the 68th Session of the First Committee

New York, 1 November 2013

بسم الله

 In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation joined consensus regarding draft resolution on the “Report of the Conference on Disarmament” contained in document A/C.1/68/L.27.

We strongly believe that the CD is and should remain the sole multilateral disarmament negotiating body as there is no alternative to the CD.

It should be fully supported that is of course a shared objective and a common responsibility.

Based on its existing method of work and rules of procedure, the CD has formulated landmark universal instruments in the past.

This proves not only its relevance, but the efficiency and effectiveness of its rules of procedure, in particular the rule of consensus.

Therefore, the main difficulty in the CD lies in the lack of genuine political will by some States to achieve progress, particularly on nuclear disarmament.

Instead of blaming the consensus rule of the CD for its current stalemate, the total blame shall be put on countries that consider this body as a single-issue venue.

In such circumstances, neither changing the rules of procedure of the CD nor the proliferation of resolutions and putting forward unworkable proposals to deal with highly sensitive disarmament issues is a wise solution.

We have always supported the reactivation of the CD based on a balanced and comprehensive program of work, and full observance of its rules of procedure.

My delegation is of the view that Conference on Disarmament should be responsive to the priorities and security concerns of all, not some States.

We do not share the view that the decision in 2009 that is reflected in this draft resolution was a balanced and comprehensive program of work. However, we joined consensus in the CD in that year for the sake of showing flexibility.

In 2013, the Islamic Republic of Iran assumed the presidency of the CD from May 27 to June 23. Since the beginning of our presidency, we reiterated that overcoming the current situation in the CD is a common responsibility. We were fully aware of the complexity of the issue. However, this difficulty did not discourage us to do our utmost efforts. We consulted intensively with every group and member States at various levels to reach consensus on a balanced and comprehensive program of work.

Our proposal was based on the innovative efforts of the past Presidents’ of the CD in trying to simplify and streamline the program of work and to equally treat all core issues with respect to the mandate and modality.

No delegation formally opposed the proposal. However, as some delegations had hesitation in agreeing with the draft decision, we refrained to officially table it to avoid another failure that might undermine the credibility of the CD.

Seizing this opportunity, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all CD members who supported our initiative.

As an active member, the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support a balanced and comprehensive program of work to overcome the current stalemate in the CD.

In our view, the existence of nuclear weapons is the greatest threat to the security of all nations. Accordingly, the CD shall consider negotiations on nuclear disarmament as its highest priority.

I thank you Mr. Chairman.

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