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NAM issues pro-Iran statement

Vienna, Sept 19, IRNA - The group of Non-Aligned Movement states to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday issued a statement in support for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

The NAM statement issued after a two-hour closed-door session in the IAEA Vienna Headquarters on Friday, will be read in upcoming IAEA Board of Governors' meeting.

Member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (2007).
Light blue states have observer status.

Iran's IAEA Ambassador Ali-Asghar Soltanieh told IRNA in Vienna on Friday that the statement fully reflects statement of the NAM Foreign Ministers' Tehran meeting and will be included as the Agency's documents.

Soltanieh said NAM states also ratified in the meeting that the NAM head would in a letter urge the Director General to put the issue of Israel's nuclear capability officially on agenda of the IAEA annual general conference.

He said the meeting also approved clearing Middle East of any nuclear weapons.

To this end, he added, Arab states have prepared text of resolution on Israel as NAM is currently investigating it.

Asked about certain moves to issue a resolution against Libya in future IAEA Board of Governors as it has some references to Iran, Soltanieh said the NAM states had in their meeting agreed that any esolution to be released in the case of any of the NAM states should be with NAM's consent.

"Any resolution issued against any country that would also concern other countries would be opposed by NAM," he added.

There are rumours in Vienna that western states are trying to ratify a resolution in connection with Libya which would welcome and support the country's full cooperation with the IAEA as it will ask Iran to have similar cooperation.

As for upcoming IAEA Board meeting in Vienna, Soltanieh said there will not be a special issue under discussion in the meeting.

"Regarding NAM statement, which is important and envisages full support of foreign ministers, there will be no atmosphere for such measures as resolution," he added.

Concluding his remarks, Soltanieh said, "Though there were some discussions on the resolution, there is no such a possibility however regarding consultations made to that effect."

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