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Agenda Item 4(d) (Syria): Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

Statement by Mr Stephen Hills, Alternate Resident Representative of Australia to the IAEA

Agenda Item 4(d) (Syria): Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

22 November 2019

 

Chair,

Australia again notes the IAEA assessment that a building destroyed at Syria’s Dair Alzour site was very likely a nuclear reactor that Syria should have declared to the Agency.

Australia regrets that Syria has failed to take steps to address its non-compliance with safeguards obligations.

We commend the Director General and the Secretariat for their continued efforts to address Syria’s non-compliance.

 

Chair,

Australia again urges Syria to remedy its non-compliance by fully cooperating with the Agency in line with the Resolution adopted by the Board of Governors on 9 June 2011.

Until this occurs, Australia will continue to draw attention to Syria’s non-compliance.

Australia’s is firmly of the view – as with any instance of non-compliance with safeguards obligations – that this issue must remain on the IAEA Board of Governors agenda until such time as it is satisfactorily resolved.

 

Thank you Chair.