HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba has rejected a draft resolution on Iran’s nuclear program to be passed by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying it is an unbalanced document lacking a comprehensive approach.
Addressing the Board, Cuban representative Rodolfo Benitez said that his country would not back the content of draft resolution and called for a vote against it.
The draft resolution urges Iran to abide by requirements, which all other nations usually adopt on a voluntary basis, said the Cuban diplomat, who backed his position by saying that the document had been controlled by a handful of states to impose criteria that, far from favouring a solution to the nuclear dispute, make it more difficult to solve.
Benitez also blasted attempts to turn regulations for voluntary adoption into mandatory rules, which violates International Law and runs against the full exercise of sovereignty, a principle established by the UN Charter.
“When the meeting was well underway, we were informed to be ready to back, with no right to question, a resolution that had already been negotiated by other countries, while we were never consulted about it,” said Benitez.
Cuba cannot accept such proceedings considering that the Board of Governors is not supposed to allow the imposition of the “anti-democratic working methods of the Security Council,” Benitez pointed out.
While Iran insists that its nuclear program is totally peaceful, a group of states headed by the United States, Israel and European powers argue that Tehran is pursuing military objectives.