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IAEA - Board of Governors: Syria (Vienna)

Statement of the Republic of Slovenia on behalf of the European Union by mr. Bojan Bertoncelj, Chargé d`Affaires for Multilateral Affairs, Permanent Mission of Slovenia

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

  1. I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The Candidate Countries Croatia* and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilization and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia, the EFTA countries Iceland and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, align themselves with this statement.


Mr. Chairman,

  1. The EU is deeply concerned by the information pointing to possible undeclared nuclear facility in Syria. The EU supports the Agency's request to be able to undertake necessary investigations and inspections in Syria further to reports of possible non-declared activities. The EU welcomes the announcement made in the DG’s introductory statement that an agency team will visit Syria during the period 22-24 June 2008.
  1. The EU recalls that under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement each country has an obligation to report the planning and construction of any nuclear facility to the Agency. In addition the EU calls on Syria to sign and ratify the Additional Protocol, inter alia, in order to facilitate the verification process.
  1. The EU supports the Agency's activities, under the NPT, to verify any proliferation allegations in a non-nuclear weapon State party to the NPT and to report its findings to the IAEA Board of Governors and Security Council, as required.
  1. The EU calls on Syria to cooperate fully with the Agency, provide the necessary information and give all the access requested by the IAEA Secretariat.

Thank you Mr. Chairman


*Croatia and The Former Yugoslav Republic of  Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilization and Association Process  


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Date: 05.06.2008