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Non-permanent members of the UN Security Council urged to resist bullying on Iran vote

Press Release by Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII)

The recognition by the chair of UN Security Council of Iran's right to uranium enrichment was commended today by campaigners in London and Washington who are urging the non-permanent members of the Security Council not to be bullied into voting for further sanctions against Iran this week.

Dumisani Kumalo, South Africa's Ambassador to the UN, who currently holds the Security Council chair, said on Thursday 15th March that he hoped to steer the draft resolution on new UN sanctions against Iran towards a political solution. "We will be looking for areas where it addresses non-proliferation, which is important, but also protects the rights of Iran for the peaceful use of nuclear (energy)," he added.

South Africa has consistently defended Iran's right to enrich uranium
for peaceful purposes and has made clear its opposition to any form of
military campaign against Iran. Opponents of military intervention fear that the new resolution, due for a vote at the Security Council this week, may lay the ground for an American military attack. In Washington and London, the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) today urged all the non-permanent members of the Security Council to withstand intimidation as they vote on the resolution.

Concerns about coercion in the build-up to a Security Council vote have persisted since it was revealed that pressure tactics were used by London and Washington to try and secure a second resolution against Iraq in 2003. These fears have intensified recently after reports that the U.S. coerced India during crucial votes in the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2005 and 2006. These fears were confirmed after a startling revelation by Stephen Rademaker, a former top Bush administration official, during a talk in India last month.

Rostam Pourzal of CASMII said today:

"It is important that the non-permanent members of the Security Council stand firm in the face of pressure to vote against Iran. An impression is being created that the so-called "international community" is in favor of action against Iran, but this is not the case. Many nations around the world recognize that Iran is not in breach of any of its Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations and that no evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran has been found. Recently, 56 nations signed the Baku Declaration which stated "the only way to resolve Iran's nuclear issue is to resume negotiations without any preconditions and to enhance cooperation with the involvement of all relevant parties". Similarly the Non-Aligned movement representing the majority of the international community has recognized Iran's right for a civilian nuclear technology. We must not allow the UN Security Council to be used as a tool to provide a veneer of respectability to the planned military action against Iran."



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