Explanation of Position by Donald Camp, United States Senior Advisor, on the "Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)" Resolution A/64/257, in the Plenary of the Sixty-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Donald Camp
United States Senior Advisor 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 2, 2009




AS PREPARED

Thank you, Mr. President.

With respect to Resolution A/64/257 on the Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United States co-sponsored this resolution as an expression of our strong support for the Agency in all facets of its work and our determination to cooperate with other Member States to strengthen its capabilities.

We would like to note our reservations, however, as to a particular resolution, GC(53)/RES/17, adopted at the IAEA General Conference in September on Israeli Nuclear Capabilities.  The United States believes that any effort to address the complexities at play regarding nuclear-related issues in the Middle East must be done in a comprehensive and non-politicized atmosphere.

The United States is committed to seeking multilateral solutions to global challenges, and we co-sponsor this resolution as a symbol of our support for the Agency as an institution.  The United States remains committed to working with other Member States to support the IAEA in its dual mission of expanding peaceful uses of nuclear energy while preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. 

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PRN: 2009/256