Explanation of Vote: Egyptian Resolution on Application of Safeguards in the Middle East

Explanation of Vote 

Egyptian Resolution on Application of Safeguards in the Middle East

Robert Wood

Chargé d’Affaires

U.S. Mission to the IAEA

 

IAEA General Conference

Vienna, Austria

September 20, 2012

 

Mr. President,

 

The United States regrets that despite calls to return to a consensus based approach on Middle East safeguards issues at the General Conference, this  resolution was tabled without first consulting with key states in the region. These issues can only be advanced through sincere dialogue and engagement among the states in the region, who must themselves build the confidence and trust needed to make progress on this important issue.

 

This resolution reflects our common and continuing effort to strive for a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, including nuclear weapons.  This is an important and achievable goal, but it is not one that can be achieved quickly or absent progress toward a comprehensive peace in the region.  Building confidence and a constructive atmosphere on these issues will be critical to advancing these goals.  A key step towards that end would have been a return to a consensus based approach, at the General Conference, on Middle East issues.  The United States regrets that yet another opportunity to begin building confidence among the states of the region has been missed.

 

Thank you, Mr. President