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Iran Sanctions Committee 90-day Report

UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL

Report given by HE Ambassador Gary Quinlan, on behalf of the 1737 Sanctions Committee 

90-day report pursuant to paragraph 18 (h) of resolution 1737 (2006)

5 September 2013

Distinguished delegates,

1.      I have the honour to present the report of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), in accordance with paragraph 18 (h) of the same resolution.  The present report covers the period from 16 July to 5 September 2013, during which time the Committee held two informal meetings and conducted additional work using the no-objection procedure envisioned by paragraph 15 of the guidelines for the conduct of its work.

2.      I am happy to report that the Committee adopted, on 9 August, its Programme of Work for the period 1 July – 31 December 2013, which was brought to the Council’s attention on the same date.

3.      During this period, the Committee continued to consider the recommendations made by the Panel of Experts in its final report.  The Committee, which shares the objective of improving implementation of Security Council measures, has made progress in reviewing these recommendations and considering whether to take practical steps to implement them.  To date, however, none of these recommendations has been approved by the Committee.

4.      The Committee invited the Special Representative of INTERPOL to brief us at our informal consultations on 25 July 2013 on cooperation between INTERPOL and other sanctions committees for promoting the implementation of Security Council measures.  The Committee is now debating whether it should sign an agreement with INTERPOL to apply INTERPOL’s “Special Notices” to disseminate information to Member States regarding the Security Council’s targeted sanctions list. Some Committee members have said, however, that they do not favour signing an agreement.

5.      The Permanent Representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ambassador Khazaee, called on me at his request on 1 August 2013 to discuss this issue.

Distinguished delegates,

6.      We continued our discussion on whether and how to respond to the Panel’s compilation of publicly available statements made by Iranian officials and alleged recipients of Iranian military assistance, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah, regarding potential violations of paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007).  In this compilation, the Panel includes quotes from officials who spoke of transfers from Iran; some officials spoke of transfers that are prohibited by paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007).  As requested by the Committee, the Panel continued to collect information on the matter regarding such transfers and submitted additional information to the Committee that the Panel coordinator said was “submitted following the request of the Committee to provide any information additional to the compilation of public statements of transfers of arms to Gaza by Iran.”  We are studying this information carefully.

7.      At my previous briefing to the Council in July, I informed you that the Committee was considering an appropriate response to the United Nations Compensation Committee (UNCC) relating to the release of funds for two environmental claims to Iran.  The Committee responded on 24 July to inform UNCC that the release of funds was not prohibited by the resolutions.

8.      In July I undertook to provide an update on our follow-up to the Panel’s unanimous conclusion that Iran’s launches of the Shahab 1 and 3 missiles during the Great Prophet 7 exercises contravened paragraph 9 of resolution 1929 (2010).  A number of Committee members continued  to express the view, as confirmed by the Panel of Experts, that the launches constituted a clear violation of resolution 1929 (2010), and that therefore all Member States should redouble their efforts to implement ballistic missile-related sanctions on Iran. At this stage some Committee members cannot share this view.  Iran has still not responded to the Committee’s letter of 12 April on this matter despite the effort of the President of the Security Council to reach out to the Iranian mission on28 June on its intentions regarding the letter.

9.      I had my own opportunity to raise the matter directly with Iran’s Permanent Representative during his call on me on 1 August; unfortunately, he could give me no indication as to whether an answer would be forthcoming.  I also asked him about Iran’s intentions to respond to the Committee’s letter of 21 May, which had sought Iran’s comment on another Panel report, this time concluding that an intercepted arms shipment was at the very least a probable violation by Iran of paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007).  Again, he was unable to advise whether Iran intended to reply; and to this date, Iran has not replied.

10.     On both issues, the Committee remains actively engaged in discussing next steps.  I would like to reiterate the Committee’s hope that Iran will answer these communications as soon as possible.  The Committee intends to continue to consider its options for action in response to each of these incidents and will provide an update at its next 90-day report to the Security Council.

Distinguished delegates,

11.     I am happy to inform you that the Committee continues to receive information from States relating to actions taken to implement the relevant Security Council measures.  By a letter dated 12 July, a State forwarded preliminary information concerning the interception of valves destined for Iran.  Another State , by a letter dated 1 August, transmitted a report on shipments confiscated by its authorities during the first half of 2013 and on measures taken to prevent transit of shipments to Iran that were suspected to contain prohibited items.  Such information is very useful to the Committee and its Panel of Experts which is currently investigating these cases.  I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all Member States to transmit relevant information regarding the implementation of the Security Council measures.

12.     The Committee has received, through the Focal Point for De-listing, additional information from the First East Export Bank (FEEB), an entity that is currently on the Committee’s Consolidated List, and whose request for de-listing is on the Committee’s agenda.  The Committee will carefully study this information and will take it fully into account when considering the de-listing request.

13.     During the reporting period the Committee received one notification with reference to paragraph 5 (c) of resolution 1737 (2006) concerning the delivery of a video unit for use in the monitoring system of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Thank you.

 

Annex

1.      During the reporting period, the Panel conducted visits to Singapore (16-20 July), Kenya (21 August) and Canada (21-22 August) to discuss matters pertaining to the mandate of the Panel, including the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions.

2.      Members of the Panel attended the following workshops: International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Workshop (Dubai, UAE, 4 September).

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