Statement by Foreign Minister Peter MacKay on UNSC Resolution 1696

July 31, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today issued the following statement regarding the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1696 on Iran's nuclear program:

"Canada fully supports the Resolution issued today by the UNSC, reiterating the international community's serious concerns about Iran's past and ongoing nuclear activities. The UNSC Resolution clearly states the international community's desire for a negotiated diplomatic solution which respects Iran's right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy while ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program. It also notes Iran's failure to comply with the measures demanded of it in the UNSC Presidential Statement of March 29, 2006, as well as in various International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors Resolutions."

"Through this Resolution, the UNSC has made the suspension of Iran's enrichment and reprocessing activities mandatory. Canada urges Iran to implement this suspension immediately and to enter into negotiations toward a long-term comprehensive settlement, on the basis of the proposal offered on June 6 by the EU High Representative on behalf of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States."

"Canada also supports the UNSC's determination to reinforce the authority of the IAEA in order to resolve all outstanding issues pertaining to the nature and scope of Iran's nuclear program. Canada urges Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA, including through resumed application of the Additional Protocol to its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement, as a necessary step toward a long-term comprehensive settlement."