People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 19, 2006
IAEA Board meeting from March 6 to 8, 2006 has resulted in the Iran nuclear
issue being shifted to the UN Security Council. With the report of the Director General being forwarded to
the Council, the matter is now outside the ambit of the IAEA.
The United States has made it clear that it expects a quick decision in
the Security Council on how to proceed against Iran. It was instrumental in
rejecting a Russian proposal which would have resolved the issue by allowing a
small amount of enrichment of fuel for research purposes which would have been
under IAEA safeguards.
the US is escalating the confrontation with Iran. Nicholas Burns, Under-Secretary of State has stated before a
Congressional Committee the following: “It’s going to be incumbent upon our
allies around the world, and interested countries, to show that they are willing
to act, should the words and resolutions of the United Nations not suffice.”
is the same route and method adopted by the US on Iraq. The UN should accept its
unreasonable demands, or they will bypass the UN and go with its allies for
is indeed unfortunate and regrettable, that the UPA government by voting with
the US, EU-3 and others in the February Board meeting has been party to the Iran
issue going to the Security Council.
All the sophistry indulged in that India wants the matter settled by
dialogue is meaningless. The prime minister’s statement to parliament was
notable for the omission that the issue should be settled within the framework
of the IAEA. There was not a word that the matter should not be referred to the
contrast, on behalf of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM), the representative of
Malaysia in a statement to the Board meeting stated “NAM strongly believes
that diplomacy and dialogue must continue in order to find a long-term peaceful
solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. To this end NAM is of the view that
engagement of other UN bodies at this juncture should be avoided”.
to the capitulation to the US pressure by the UPA government, India stands with
the bellicose, illegal stand of the Bush Administration. This is against our
US has clarified it is still opposed to the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline. We
have deliberately spoilt relations with Iran jeopardizing much needed energy
supplies. Our independent foreign policy has been compromised.
consequences of this stand will be serious. (INN)