Iran National Statement

On April 8 the Ambassador from Iran delivered his nation’s statement during the general debate. We were disappointed because at the time a transcript of the statement was not provided, and then were pleasantly surprised on April 9 when a copy was passed out to all the delegates. Nonetheless I remained skeptical that an electronic version would be listed with the others on the OPCW Second RevCon website, and as such promised that when I got back to the U.S. I would scan and post the Iran Statement for anyone interested.

Well, I’m back now and here is the National Statement of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Review Conference.

Day 6

Today the Committee of the Whole meets again, this time spending the morning on:

“implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention relating to economic and technological development”

and the afternoon talking about:

“implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention relating to Articles XII to XV and final clauses.”

It appears that today’s negotiations continued into the evening. Richard Guthrie who still is in The Hague at the Conference sent this informal update on the rather slow progress the Commitee of the Whole has been making.

“This is an informal update and the outline provided here will be filled in with more details tomorrow in the regular report.

After a mammoth effort, the paragraph-by-paragraph read through of the ‘informal text’ was completed Monday night.

The consultations finished at 8.40pm local time with a new version of ‘CRP.1′ that now contains 40 pages of draft declaration compared with 29 just prior to the opening of the Review Conference.

There are many, many instances of bracketed text and highlighted text indicating further discussion may be needed and most paragraphs contain at least one bracket or one highlight.

It is not clear what procedure will be carried out tomorrow for the ‘second reading’ of the text. This will probably be decided at the General Committee meeting that is scheduled for 9.30 Tuesday morning.”

At the Conference Halfway Point

The first week of the Second Review Conference is finished, and today the second week starts.

Richard Guthrie’s latest report “First week completed: Sufficient rate of progress?” covers Day 5 of the conference and reflects on how the first week has gone.

On Friday Global Security Newswire ran an article “After Debate, Hard Work Begins at CWC Conference” also reflecting on the first week in The Hague.