Tuesday, March 21, 2006

UN deadlocked over Iran

The U.N. Security Council is completely deadlocked in trying to issue a statement on Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Russia insisted on deleting major parts of the text, and everything is back to square one.

According to our ambasador John Bolton, any further meeting were delayed until later inthe week to give diplomats the chance to meet in small groups and enagage inthe usual wheeling and dealing.

"The impact on the negotiations which we are trying to do here was not as positive as we would have wished," British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said. "That is the basic problem."

Hmmm...I guess that's diplomat speak for major disagreements between the US, Britain and France and Russia and China.

Russia, supported by China, has been averse to ANY action by the Security Council, because the Councilcan impose sanctions. They prefer that this be dealt with by the IAEA...shorthand for doing nothing.

A statement requires agreement from all 15 Security Council members while a resolution needs nine votes in favour and no veto from any of the permanent members.. the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

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