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Statement by H.E. Dr. Abbass Araghchi

Deputy Foreign Minister, Special Envoy of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

President Nazarbayev,

Presidents and Leaders,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset I wish to extend gratitude to you, Mr. President, for your commitment and dedication to the cause of promoting interaction and confidence building among the States in Asia. The excellent arrangement and warm hospitality provided by the Government and the people of Kazakhstan deserve our utmost commendations.

Mr. President,

The international community is facing numerous challenges and inextricable threats such as terrorism, regional crises, lack of security, organized crime, drug trafficking, poverty, underdevelopment, worldwide political, economic and social gaps, unilateralism and suppression of peoples’ aspirations to restore their basic rights, particularly the right to self-determination. To overcome these challenges and threats we are facing today require us to develop a comprehensive and practical approach based on rationality, wisdom, collective cooperation and confidence building measures.

After 14 years since the initiative for the creation of CICA was first proposed by President Nazarbayev in the United Nations General Assembly, we have developed good basis for two constituents of our forum i.e. interaction and confidence building in our region and we are about to establish a permanent Secretariat for our Conference with the aim of strengthening the role and structure of CICA and to turn it to a more efficient and effective forum for further progress in bringing peace and stability and economic progress to our region.

Mr. President,

Asian nations, constituting a large segment of the international community, do possess the capacity to play a more effective role in strengthening and safeguarding international peace and security. Consolidation of regional forums such as CICA, Shanghai Organization and ECO can well contribute to convergence and integration in Asia in order to resolve problems and advance common objective.Of course, to achieve our shared goals, we need to develop a full understanding of the nations and dimensions of challenges facing us so as to be able to work out appropriate mechanisms to deal with them. In this process, all countries must enhance their cooperation to achieve our goals.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has made its fair share of efforts on its own and in cooperation with neighboring and the countries in the region. In the Caspian Sea, the security and stability requires the cooperation of the five littoral States. Three initiatives are at the table: Iran’s initiative on " Confidence Building and Stability in the Caspian Sea", Kazakhstan’s on "Political Stability Pact" and "Casfor Pact" proposed by Russia. Iran is ready to negotiate and finalize these initiatives, bilaterally and multilaterally, with its partners in the Caspian Sea, known in Iran as the sea of peace and friendship. As it has been stipulated in the existing agreements, the presence of third parties and outside states not only does not help solving the differences, rather it adds more to the complexities of the situation. The waters of the Caspian Sea should be reserved only for the 5 littoral States.

We also hope to see the finalization of the Peace Pipeline project with India and Pakistan which surely will help both countries to defuse tension and enter into an amicable relationship, in the wise tradition of the sub-continent.

Mr. President,

Current prejudicial effort to restrict the right to peaceful use of the nuclear technology is a serious challenge, not just for Iran but for all developing states. The credibility of NPT will be seriously undermined, if signatory states that remain committed to their treaty obligations are prevented from benefiting its advantages and rights, and this would constitute the greatest threat against non-proliferation regime. Unfortunately enough this attempt for denial of the rights has cost with the threat of attacks against peaceful nuclear facilities. These threats pose a great danger to peace and constitute a grave violation of international law, principles and purposes of the charter of the United Nations and regulations of the IAEA.

The Islamic Republic of Iran as the party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and as an active member of international community in promoting the goal of nuclear disarmament, while observing its legal obligations, is determined to exercise its inalienable Treaty right for peaceful use of nuclear energy, under the full-scope safeguard Agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency. This policy is based on a long-term planning to meet the growing energy needs of my country. We are ready to negotiate along the line of ensuring the Western countries about the peaceful nature of our activities but we can not bar our nation of the benefits of peaceful exploitation of nuclear energy.

Mr. President,

The Middle East crisis continues to be one of the most serious challenges of our time jeopardizing peace and security. The Palestinian Legislative Council election, which reflected the free will of the Palestinian people and led to the establishment of the government by HAMAS, was a major milestone in the history of Palestine. Imposition of sanctions and preventing Palestinians to have access to financial resources, fuel and medicine is considered to be blackmailing the Palestinian people for exercising their democratic rights. Over the past five decades the people of Palestine have been the target of the most heinous, unlawful and inhuman treatment by an occupying regime. These restrictions would add more salts to the injury.

We, as responsible members of the international community, have an obligation to bring to an end the barbarism and horrifying crimes of the Zionist regime against the Palestinians, and the United Nations must enhance its endeavours to work out a final solution that guarantees the restoration of the rights of the Palestinian people, particularly the right of return to Palestine and establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Mr. President,

Dealing with these challenges and threats I have referred to requires the urgent and collective cooperation of all countries in the context of the international organizations particularly the United Nations as well as within the framework of multilateral and bilateral arrangements. I wish to thank you, President Nazarbayev, for your vision, and the people and Government of Kazakhstan for hosting this important Summit meeting, and I hope with cooperation and concerted efforts of Member States CICA is increasingly strengthened so as to achieve its noble objectives.