Statement by Gerard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1984

June 9, 2011

I welcome the adoption of resolution 1984 (2011), which France, Germany and the United States co-sponsored. The measures adopted by the Security Council are aimed at convincing Iran to negotiate and slow the development of its nuclear and ballistic programme. In order to be effective, they must therefore be fully implemented by all States.

The independent Panel of Experts established last year by resolution 1929 (2010) plays a crucial role in ensuring that the measures adopted by the Council are implemented, but also that they continue to be effective and are not violated. The Panel has done outstanding work in just a few months. It has carried out essential awareness-raising work with many Member States to explain the measures adopted by the Council. It has provided valuable analyses and recommendations geared towards understanding and improving the implementation of sanctions. I would like to express our gratitude to all the experts for their professionalism.

However, their task is not yet complete - far from it. Iran continues to violate its international obligations, as illustrated by instances of violations reported to the Sanctions Committee and by the latest report of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Much therefore remains to be done. The international community must continue to mobilize in order to strengthen the implementation of the sanctions adopted by the Council. We therefore welcome the renewal of the mandate of the Panel of Experts for another year. This is yet another signal to Iran from the international community about its determination to secure full respect for the Council's resolutions. Moreover, we await the speedy publication of the Panel's final report as an official document of the Security Council, in line with the usual practice of sanctions committees. Transparency is crucial in order for all members to be informed and for improving the implementation of sanctions.

Lastly, we hope that the Committee will carry out an in-depth discussion of the Panel's final report, with a view to determining how to follow up the Panel's recommendations.