Wednesday, June 1, 2011

West prepares initiative to UN report on Syria

Western states are moving forward with an initiative to report to Syria before the Security Council of the UN for alleged nuclear activities, despite disagreements with other countries and a last-minute attempt to derail the measure Damascus. The board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA for its acronym in English), composed of 35 nations, is scheduled next week to discuss a U.S.

proposal to refer Syria to the Security Council to block an investigation for three years on a site bombed by Israel in 2007. U.S. intelligence reports indicated that Alzour Dair was a reactor designed by North Korea intended to produce plutonium for atomic bombs. The IAEA independent supported the accusation in a report published last week which said that the complex destroyed "most probably" was a reactor, anticipating a possible action by the leadership of the agency at a meeting in Vienna from 6 to 10 June.

Washington circulated a draft resolution that would bring the "non compliance" with Syria, which also faces sanctions from the West by the repression of pro-democracy protests, before the Security Council of the UN. "I am confident that from what we hear, we are well positioned to address such a decision," he said on Wednesday a senior Western diplomat.

But diplomats and others who support the initiative acknowledged that it will take a vote and it is unclear the position of Russia and China, in April resisted a Security Council condemnation of the Syrian crackdown against the protests. Diplomats from some non-Western states of the IAEA board said they have doubts about referring to Syria, saying that what happened in Dair Alzour is history.

Their skepticism was reinforced perhaps by a Syrian offer last minute. In a letter sent last week the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, Damascus agreed to cooperate fully to address issues Dair Alzour after rejecting the demands of the agency for almost three years. "Many countries have doubts about the resolution and its wording," said a diplomat from a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, which groups 118 developing countries and other nations in Africa, Asia and elsewhere.

"The resolution can win at the numbers, but it will be divisive," he added. Syria, an ally of Iran, denies hiding a nuclear weapons program and says that the IAEA should investigate instead to Israel because of its undeclared nuclear arsenal.

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